25 graduates mark 40th class of nurses at Central Arizona College

By Guy Harrison, CAC Media & Marketing Specialist

PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. – The achievement of 25 new graduates of Central Arizona College’s nursing program was celebrated on Dec. 9 during the institution’s Nursing Pinning Ceremony at the Signal Peak Campus.

This marked the 40th graduating class in the history of the college’s nursing program.

“Going to nursing school is a challenge,” Wendy Britt, a member of the nursing division’s faculty and a guest speaker, explained. “Anything that changes the way you see the world is going to challenge you to discover yourself. The challenges we presented to our students over the past two years was meant to help them discover who they were - nurses.”

In receiving their pins, the graduating nurses of Central Arizona College continued a 1,000-year-old symbolic ritual of service to others dating back to the Crusades.

The Central Arizona Student Nurses Association also presented leadership awards to several graduates, including Kristina Day, Karina Duarte and Jordy Weaver.

Rebecca Billingslea was named the Nursing Division’s Outstanding Academician, while Erin Hull was awarded as the division’s Most Outstanding Practician.

“We thank you for standing by our side, every step of the way,” Duarte, one of the class speakers at the event, said. “You have seen us at our best and you have seen us at our worst.”

Day evoked the fictional character Christopher Robin, closing the speech with “Promise me that you’ll always remember. You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

The graduates then took the Florence Nightingale Pledge to close out the ceremony.
The following students have completed the CAC nursing program:

• Myesha Barbieto
• Rebecca Billingslea
• Kristina Day
• JoAnn Brown
• Tricia Browning
• Karina E. Duarte
• Jonathan England
• Jasmine Gorsuch
• Sherry Graham
• Kristi Harris
• Linda Hironimusa
• Erin Hull
• La Donna Korittky
• Amanda Lechuga
• Cecilia Lugo
• Jennifer Moffat
• Jennifer Nicoll
• Gloria Parker
• Mary Pressley
• Dawn Rhodes
• Nathaniel Shirley
• Jamie Spoon
• Londa Stradling
• Billie Tamisiea
• Jordy Weaver

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