January 3-- The Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) Class of 2017 graduated in a pinning ceremony from Southeastern Technical College on the Vidalia campus.

The members of the ASN graduating class were: Shelby Allen, Kirby Allmond, Melanie Bailey, Breana Barnes, Alexis Byrd, Rick Cliett, James Coto, Cayla Dyal, Chelsea Dyches, Addison Fisher, Justin Griffin, Chelsea Hadden, Ashley Hall, Nikki Hayes, Macy Hughes, Megan Kersey, Kelley Moore, Scarlett Newman, Samantha Page, Melissa Palma, Coertze Peters, Naomi Pevey, Marlenne Santana, Meghann Sherrod, LaDeshia Simpkins, Jackie Thigpen, Allie Threlkeld, Jamie Vizi, Katelyn White, Kristi Whitney, Keri Williams, and Hal Wilson.

Donna Jean Braddy, ASN Program Instructor at STC, welcomed everyone to the ASN pinning ceremony and congratulating the graduates. “I am standing here tonight like a proud mamma,” says Braddy. “I am so proud of my children, here, sitting on stage.” Braddy recalls the first day of class in August of 2016. “These graduates have worked hard to get to this moment in their lives. Tonight is really not the end, but the beginning of a very rewarding career in the healthcare field.”

Sam Oates, APRN, CPNP spoke about some of the changes in the medical field that she has seen in her 40 plus years of being a nurse. “We change…we nurses are great with changing with technology,” says Oates. “We are great at making do with what we've got in any situation and if you’re not now, you will learn to be. But there are things that have not changed in nursing: listening to our patients, conversations with our patients, touch – how you make a patient feel.” In her last remarks, she tells the students, “go forth, treat the world, have fun, be proud people, be proud that you are a nurse; there is no other more noble calling.”

Graduates were then awarded their pins by Donna Jean Braddy, Jennifer Corner, and Heather Williams, STC’s ASN instructors.

Coertze Peters, ASN Class President, gave the closing remarks. Peters reflected on the good times, as well as the difficult times that had to be endured together. In closing, he thanked the class, “It was a tremendous honor to serve this class. I could not have asked to be associated with a better bunch of people. We were competitive, but never at the expense of friendship. We were serious, but never at the expense of fun. We were ourselves, but never at the expense of what we wanted to be, nurses. And that you are today.”

ASNPinning2017Front L-R: Melanie Bailey, Keri Williams, Marlene Santana, Jamie Vizi, Allie Threlkeld, Chelsea Hadden, Cayla Dyal, Shelby Allen, Megan Kersey, Ashley Hall, Macy Hughes, Chelsea Dyches

Back L-R: Jackie Thigpen, Samantha Page, Katelyn White, Kelley Moore, Kristi Whitney, Alexis Byrd, Rick Cliett, James Coto, Addison Fisher, Hal Wilson, Justin Griffin, Curt Peters, Kirby Allmond, Nikki Hayes, Melissa Palma, Bre Barnes, LaDeisha Simpkins and Scarlett Newman