Pastor Chad Horn gave the invocation and the closing prayer. SCC President John Enamait welcomed guests and congratulated the students for their accomplishments in this “rewarding yet challenging” field of study. Director of Nursing Chassity Washburn introduced the Class of 2017 and commented, “This pinning ceremony symbolizes completion of the highly respected and rigorous Nursing program at SCC.” The graduates will become licensed nurses after passing the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). Twenty-nine students from the general cohort received their nurse pins while 12 students completed the LPN to RN cohort to receive their pins. The guest speaker was Deann Welke, a certified critical care nurse at Carolinas Healthcare System – Northeast who works in the ICU department. Welke also serves as a clinical ladder III nurse and a clinical adjunct faculty member for the college. Select members of the nursing class were recognized for their outstanding achievements. The Heart Award, which is given to students who have completed the program despite challenging situations, was presented to Erika Austin and Shani Davis. DJ Denton and Amanda Whitley received the Dr. George Eddins Award, which is given for clinical excellence within the nursing program.
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