WILKESBORO — Wilkes Community College held its Nursing Pinning Ceremony on May 12 at the John A. Walker Community Center.
Those graduates who have achieved the Associate in Applied Science degree in Nursing are: Sydney Alexandra Adamson, Wilkesboro; Faith Hope Anderson, Wilkesboro; Natasha Marie Arnold, North Wilkesboro; Angie Marie Bell, Taylorsville; Halleigh Louise Boger, Glade Valley; Kasey Leigh Carson, Taylorsville; Laura Wagoner Colbert, Hamptonville; Megan Danielle Gerth, Jefferson; Jamie Annette Griffith, Wilkesboro; Melissa Marsh Hamby, Ferguson; Katherine Mary Jesse-Hood, Traphill; Kelly Marie Johnson, Elkin; Christopher Steven Key, North Wilkesboro; Emily Nicole Mabry, Hiddenite; Noel MacRae Mikeal, Wilkesboro; Jessica Raeanna Miller, North Wilkesboro; Erica Danielle Minton, Wilkesboro; Kayla Paige Nichols, Wilkesboro; Lindsey Michelle Penson, Wilkesboro; Julie Marie Perry, North Wilkesboro; Robert Hearl Powers, Wilkesboro; Audrey Matheson Pressley, Taylorsville; Breanna Kensie Roten, Lansing; Adrianna Nicole Rowland, Wilkesboro; Melissa Rose Sebastian, North Wilkesboro; Kristie Brown Sheeler, North Wilkesboro; Bailey Elayne Smithey, Purlear; Brittany Andrews Stikes, Purlear; Monica Santos Torres, Jonesville; Kendall Victoria Wilcox, Ronda.
The evening began with pianist Edwin Taylor giving the prelude and graduate Brittany Stikes delivering the invocation. Dr. Jeff Cox, president of WCC, welcomed everyone, and guest speaker Barry Nelson, director of nursing at Wilkes Regional Medical Center, gave opening comments. Emily Orr, director of Nursing, presented the graduates; Billie Shumate, nursing instructor, presented the pins; and Pamela Rhoades presented the lamps. Graduate Noel Mikeal and first-year nursing student Ramona Brooks joined the Beacon Ensemble to sing “The Nurses’ Anthem.” Graduate Bailey Smithey followed with the graduate comments.
Orr recited the Florence Nightingale Pledge as instructors Billie Shumate and Laura Walsh lit the graduates’ candles. The evening concluded with Stikes offering the benediction and Taylor playing the postlude.
Wilkes Community College, a member of the North Carolina Community College System, is a public, two-year, open-door institution serving the people of Wilkes, Ashe and Alleghany counties and beyond. Established in 1965, WCC continues to build on a strong history of meeting the educational needs and cultural interests of our students, community and workforce. WCC prepares learners for success in a dynamic world.