As family and friends looked on proudly, the graduates of the College’s Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Class of 2016 received their hard earned pins at the LPN Pinning Ceremony held November 18 in the Mary Burch Theater.
Next up for the 12 LPN graduates will be the NCLEX-PN (National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses) in order to earn their LPN license.
“This program has been a life changing experience for us,” said Christian Frimpong, who served as President for the LPN class. “Twelve months ago we were strangers, and tonight is the last time we will be together as a class.” He ended his remarks by saying, “May your path take you where you want to go.”
Rasheedah Goodwin led her classmates in the traditional Recitation of the Nightingale Pledge.
Alisha Lewis was recognized as LPN class Valedictorian with a 4.0 grade point average, while Marjorie Bernard earned a 3.62 average and was named class Salutatorian. Shawanda Culver and Augustina Larbie both received the Clinical Excellence Award.
In her keynote address, Nursing Assistant Professor Dr. Gennevieve Danville focused on what she called a “Three in One Mission of Caring, Advocating and Leadership. Remember, patients are counting on your trust and honesty.” She also urged the newly-minted LPNs to continue their education toward becoming Registered Nurses.
“You are an example of what we do best here at Essex County College,” said Dr. Jill Stein, Dean of STEM & Health Sciences. She also told the graduates to be lifelong learners and achievers.