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LPN Class of 2023
It was a proud moment for the 38 members of the Essex County College Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Class of 2023 as they slowly marched into Smith Hall surrounded by beaming family and friends. The annual pinning, held on January 19, marked the end of just one step for these students toward a career in healthcare.
“This evening is a significant milestone in our lives. Today we have proven that nothing is important if we work hard. We now must make the commitment to be the best possible nurse that we can be,” said LPN Class President Cassandra Nerette in her remarks at the pinning.
Prince Cepeda, who served as class Vice President, said the LPN program has really helped him on his way toward achieving his dream of becoming a Registered Nurse (RN). The Newark resident has been working as a Patient Care Technician in the ER at Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville. “I like being on the front line of care and ECC is really preparing me for that.” His next step, after the upcoming National Council Licensure Examination (known as NCLEX), will be applying to the ECC RN program.
Simona Wright, who also aspires to become an RN, said she wants to set a good example for her 14-year-old daughter. Simona, of Irvington, presently works as a Patient Care Technician at University Hospital. She is now ready to apply to the RN program at ECC, the next step toward her dream and the example she is setting for her daughter.
Nursing Chairperson Lori York stated it was the dedication of the faculty, along with the determination of the students, to earn the LPN pins. “Your faculty loves you,” she told the graduates.
In her keynote address, Nursing Professor Natalee White-Smith urged the graduates to “take advantage of all the opportunities available to you. Life offers you possibilities and opportunities.”
Moromoke Adedapo was class Valedictorian with a 3.89 grade point average. Olubisi Williams-Adenuga carried a 3.87 average as Salutatorian. Mercy Njambi received the Florence Nightingale Award.