Gavilan College RN students get pinned before graduationby Jan Janes on Jun 1, 2018
In its second year, Gavilan College held a pinning ceremony for RN graduates,
luminescent in variations of white attire representing the profession.
Graduating RN students entered the Gavilan College theater with handheld
lights commemorating traditions begun by Florence Nightingale.
Susan Turner, Director of Allied Health Programs at Gavilan College, shared
the program challenges the students mastered during the past two years.
Each year, only 24 available slots for prospective RN students are awarded
based on GPA, skills performance and interviews.
Graduating RN students Jacquelyn Cook and Helena Mae Fajardo Moncada,
chosen to speak by their classmates, recapped two years of high and low
points, finishing with, "We made it."
Frederick Ross, first of 20 RNs to be pinned by faculty Bret Barker. The
pinning ceremony dates back to the 1860s, when local hospitals trained
nurses. Since then, nursing schools have become part of colleges and
universities conferring college degrees holding commencement ceremonies.
Hugs and tears, leis and balloons greeted RN graduates at the end of
the pinning ceremony, with friends and families waiting at the exits to
congratulate them. Then the RN graduates were off to the formal
commencement exercises with all the other Gavilan graduates.
Congratulations to the Gavilan College 2018 RN graduates
- Oliva Luna Abonce
- Sarah Elizabeth Aguirre
- Laura Applegate
- Olivia Borja
- Gabriella Castro
- Jacquelyn Cook
- Tedine Cortes
- Patricia Cox
- Shelby Enriquez
- Jessica Franz
- Brandy LaRocque
- Amanda Lee
- Priscilla Leon
- Silvia Melchor-Medina
- Helen Mae Fajardo Moncada
- Heather Moreno
- Adrienne Deanne Rodriguez
- Frederick Ross
- Melanie Kristine Santos
- Emily Szyndrowski