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August 24-- The summer 2012 Practical Nursing class of Southeastern Tech graduated in a ceremony held this month in the Vidalia campus’s Tattnall Auditorium.

{mosimage}Photo (L to R): Cory Wickstrom and Kelly Carnes, both of Lyons; Kerri Dixon, Elizabeth Cannady, Carmen Spikes and Siani Sanders, all of Vidalia; Jaymie Perry of Hazlehurst, Jason Newton of Glenwood and Erin Graham of Hazlehurst.

 The class of nine received their nursing pins from instructors Donna Jean Braddy, Jennifer Corner, and Brooke Hinson after a short speech from Wickstrom recounting memories from the group’s time together.

“We have seen each other at our worst and at our best, we all know that we cannot change or fix everything,” said Wickstrom. “We’ve had to deal with family problems and trips to the ER, even on days when we had just gotten home from clinicals. But we did not let that stop us—we pushed forward and did not give up.”

Class members were joined by a crowd of family and friends, who, along with teachers and classmates, received their own praise from the graduates.

“We know we did not get to this moment alone,” said Wickstrom. “Thank you for standing beside us, letting us cry our eyes out, miss dinners and family events, and barricade ourselves in to study. Without your sacrifice, support, and encouragement this past year, we may not be standing in this room today.”

Corner, the Practical Nursing program director, presented the Director’s Award for highest grade point average to Spikes, though she credited all the students for their dedication and effort. Her confidence in their abilities is something she passed on to the class.

“Wherever life takes us and wherever we work, we will be great nurses and we will make a difference in each patient’s life we come into contact with because of the knowledge our teachers have bestowed on us,” said Wickstrom.