Eighteen Colorado Northwestern Community College nursing students graduated May 9. As soon as the students pass a national licensing exam, they will become registered nurses.

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Eighteen Colorado Northwestern Community College nursing students graduated May 9. As soon as the students pass a national licensing exam, they will become registered nurses.

CNCC graduates nursing students

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2009 CNCC Nursing Program graduates

Claire Adkins

Mary Dean Balleck

Jaime Lynn Berger

Alesha Cannon

Katherine Carlomagno

Emma Casterson

Jenna Chaney

Kelsey DeSpain

Katie Seeley-Haskins

Venus Jaschke

Leah Lambrecht

Jeni Murphy

Cyndi Nielsen

Melissa Nielsen

Dixie Poley

Cindy Mosciaro

Tiffany Robie-Skelton

Priscilla Schultz Snook

Colorado Northwestern Community College graduated 18 nursing students May 9.

These students each earned an associate of applied science degree in nursing. As soon as they each arrange to take and pass the national licensing exam, they will become registered nurses.

The Pinning Ceremony was May 8 at the Center of Craig. About 150 people attended.

Following the processional, Marilyn Hehr, CNCC nursing program director, welcomed everyone and presented facts about individual class members. CNCC President John Boyd delivered a congratulatory message. Hehr then gave a history of the six years of CNCC's nursing program.

This year's ceremony was dedicated to Sandy Harding, nursing instructor, who is retiring after serving as instructor for the past five years.

Students presented Sandy with the Florence Nightingale Anniversary Rose. The International Council of Nurses teamed up with world-renowned Rose Hybridizer, Jackson and Perkins, to develop this special flower.

It was a cause rose, which means that a percentage of the net sales of the collection are donated to the Florence Nightingale International Foundation Girl Child Fund, a program dedicated to assisting orphaned children whose parent was a nurse, and died as a result of contracting HIV/AIDS. It was a Limited Edition Commemorative Collection. The rose bush is being sent directly to her new home in Grand Junction, where she and her husband, Bill, will be retiring.

The student nurse of the year award was won by Mary Dean Balleck. The award was voted on by members of the class. Kate Carlomagno and Claire Adkins, student representatives, delivered speeches.

To enhance the occasion, the actual pinning was performed by an individual selected by the student to "pin" them.

While this tradition was being carried out, Marilyn Hehr read remarks that each had written about why this person was so special in their life. When Melissa Nielsen was being pinned by her boyfriend, he suddenly dropped on one knee, pulled out a diamond ring and asked her to marry him. The crowd cheered. Nielson said yes.

Candles were lit from the traditional Nightingale lamp, and all nurses in the audience were invited to join the graduates as they recited the Nightingale Pledge. Candles were then extinguished, and congratulations were extended. A reception followed in the chapel of the Center of Craig.

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