Practical Nursing Class of 2014 Graduates from STC
August 06, 2014 - The graduates of Southeastern Technical College’s 2014 Practical Nursing class met as students for the last time on July 30 in Swainsboro and July 31 in Vidalia.
Graduating from Swainsboro were Kiesha Fennell of Adrian; Billy Tant of Kite; Whitney Faircloth of Metter; Tiffini Rowland of Midville; Brittney Adams of Millen; Stormie Bustos, Akebia Gay, Holley Hendrix and Cristal Wood of Swainsboro; Marilyn Timms of Wadley; and Megan Bell of Waynesboro.
Graduating from Vidalia were Brooke Hitchcock of Cedar Crossing; Stephanie McLaughlin of Columbia, S.C.; Sarah McLeod of Glennville; Lucas Kirkland of Hazelhurst; Kim Wiggs of Mt. Vernon; Tara Carter of Surrency; Dana Davis of Uvalda; and Heather Copeland, David Garcia, Brittany Lynn and Alesia Parrish of Vidalia.
In the nursing school tradition, pins were placed on each student, signifying their entrance into the professional ranks.
“Each student… has worked extremely hard to get where they are,” said Beth Hendrix, program director, at the Swainsboro ceremony. “And we are very, very proud of them and their accomplishments.”
In comments and slideshows, both ceremonies allowed students the chance to reminisce on their time together and how those bonds helped them to move forward.
“There are so many emotions for us right now,” Megan Bell wrote, in comments read by Angie Headley, practical nursing instructor. “We are relieved to have accomplished such an incredible goal. We are excited and anxious to meet the next step in our lives and to all begin new careers.”
Much of both ceremonies was given to the recognition of the support provided by those around the graduates. Even faculty recognized the important contribution family and friends provided.
“All of these students on this stage could not be here if it were not for the love and support of you, the family and friends,” said Headley. “It’s just not a task that can be handled without support.”
The students made sure to note, however, that this achievement wasn’t a reason to ease up. They recognized the rest of their careers are in front of them, with graduation just a start.
“I want to encourage all of you to keep advancing your career as a nurse and let today’s accomplishment be one of many,” said David Garcia, addressing his fellow Vidalia graduates. “I know all of us will be outstanding nurses, and with great pride, I would like to say today: we are STC’s Practical Nursing class of 2014.”
For more information on starting a career in nursing, visit www.southeasterntech.edu or call 912-538-3100 or 478-289-2200.