Five Pulaski County residents were among 39 students who graduated from New River Community College’s 2014 associate degree nursing program.
This was the 10th class to receive nursing pins and associate degrees through the program, which makes them eligible to take the registered nurse licensing exam.
Pulaski County residents receiving degrees are Laura Lee Angle, Susan M. Brumfield, Brittany Anne Camper, Linda Irene Collins and Joshua Adam Toney.
This year’s keynote speaker was Wendy M. Downey, a 2009 graduate of NRCC’s associate degree nursing program who was also named Outstanding Student in Nursing for that year. She has since earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing and is enrolled in a top-ranked nursing doctorate program at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.
Downey recently held a leadership position in hospice care in the New River Valley.
During the graduation and pinning ceremony, Teri Moore described the background behind the design of NRCC’s nursing pin, which includes a path, gate, sun and mountains encircled by the words “New River Community College Nursing.” The gate features the Roman numeral MMIII (2003), representing the start of the two-year program. Moore is vice president for student learning and head of the nursing program.
College president Dr. Jack Lewis conferred the degrees.
Nursing students from other areas who received pins and degrees were:
Bland County: DeAnna Danielle May.
Carroll County: Bradley Don Goad and Caitlyn Underwood Ward.
Floyd County: Leah Catherine Dickerson.
Giles County: Benjamin Michael Broyles, Tara Leigh Hughes, Mallory Baker Johnston and Lisa Tomasulo Simon.
Montgomery County: Michelle Earley Bullion, Amy Lynne Cherry, Cortney Michelle Cruttenden, Danielle Ashley Dougherty, Michael Joseph Flaherty, Tracie Jarrells Fleet, Trey Hull, Heather Renee Hundley, Jacqueline Marie Hunt, Arielle Mason Jesalva, Sandra Christina Keen, Debra Sue Lombard, Angie Sookyung Park, Rebecca Naomi Poe, Sarika Sahgal, Jessica Faye Scott, Frances “Sissy” Sheets, Miranda Shonteá Sowards and Jordyn Elizabeth Williams White.
Radford: Timothy Daniel Dobson, Melissa Diane Farmer and Juan Carlos Urista.
Roanoke: Carmen Marie Carroll.
Salem: Diana Torricella Bates.
Staffordsville: Jessica Ann Allen, and
Mt. Airy, N.C.: Jade Nicole Simmons.