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MCCC graduates new class of nurses

MCCC’s Registered Nursing Program alumni base grew Dec. 18.

25 students were pinned as registered nurses at Meyer Theater Wednesday night in front of a crowd of over 50 people.

“While I’m sure many of you wondered whether you were going to live through nursing school, you did,” said Kimberly Lindquist, dean of Health Sciences and director of nursing, during her opening remarks. “And you’re now ready to take the steps necessary towards bright futures that have endless opportunities.”

Lori Biggs, nursing program coordinator, read the names of the graduates and who would be pinning them as registered nurses.

Friends and family congregate at the Meyer Theater Dec. 18 for the 2019 Pinning Ceremony for the Registered Nursing Program.
Kimberly Lindquist, dean of Health Sciences and director of nursing, gives opening remarks at the 2019 Pinning Ceremony for the Registered Nursing Program at the Meyer Theater Dec. 18.
The December 2019 Registered Nursing Program graduates sit during the opening remarks.
Graduate James DelVero is pinned by his son Dalton, while being surrounded by the rest of his family at the 2019 Pinning Ceremony for the Registered Nursing Program.
Olivia Gerweck smiles and hugs her mother Angie before being given her nurses pin.
Molly Johnson poses for a picture with her mother Debbie after receiving her nurses pin.
Graduate Kayla Maddox is pinned by her parents, Josh and April, at the 2019 Pinning Ceremony for the Registered Nursing Program Dec. 18.
Sherrelle Neal, right, stands with her sister Brandi for a photo after being pinned at the 2019 Pinning Ceremony for the Registered Nursing Program.
Graduate Miranda Strack smiles as her mother Heather, a former nurse, pins her.
Nursing Program Coordinator Lori Biggs, left, and Dean of Health Sciences and Director of Nursing Kimberly Lindquist, right, recite the “Nightingale Pledge.”
The December 2019 graduates of the Registered Nursing Program stand together for a photo at the Pinning Ceremony at the Meyer Theater Dec. 18.
Graduates, friends and family convene in the La-Z-Boy Center atrium for snacks and drinks after the Registered Nursing Program Pinning Ceremony Dec. 18.

James DelVero was a class representative and gave the graduate address.

“They made a big mistake giving me a microphone to talk to all of you,” DelVero joked.

DelVero was pinned by his son Dalton.

“My classmates and I would like to thank each and everyone of you for supporting us,” he said. “This was an extremely difficult and equally rewarding program.”

Jerard Blankenbaker said he was there to support his granddaughter, Mariah Blankenbaker.

“I’m so proud of her,” he said. “I couldn’t be more proud of her. It’s hard to do all this, people think it’s easy but it’s not.”

Not just family was at the event to support the graduates.

Jenna Magrum, student, said she was there to support her friend Kayla Maddox.

“I’m excited to see everyone in the ceremony,” Magrum said.

This was the second Pinning Ceremony Magrum said she has been to as her mom is a graduate of MCCC’s Registered Nursing Program.

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