The Central Texas College (CTC) Nursing and Allied Health department celebrated National Nurse Appreciation Week with a pinning ceremony for 39 students completing the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program during the spring 2019 semester. Students received pins signifying the transition of their role as a student nurse to that of a practicing nurse. Guest speaker for the ceremony was Veronica King, Nursing department assistant chairperson and professor.

King and Tammy Samarripa, department chairperson, then announced the class honor students. Topping the list of highest honors graduates who maintained a grade point average between 3.8 and 4.0 in their nursing courses was Susan Morales who achieved a perfect 4.0. Other highest honors graduates who were Rafael Gallo, Stephanie Kainz and Ling Lu. Honors graduates who achieved a grade point average between 3.5 and 3.7 in their nursing courses were Cassie Alexander, Hagar Aduoffei, Misty Bennett, Sueann Brockett, Massaran Coulibably, Cicely Holmes, James Jackson II, Erin McCracken, Rosalina Moore, Han Nguyen, Cynthia R. Pabon, Theresa Shaw, Chara Sheppard, Brian Taylor, Angela Washington and Terry Williams, Jr.

Several awards were also presented during the ceremony. The Mack and Leora Duce Award for nursing excellence was won by Misty Bennett. Based on nominations from her peers, Cicely Holmes received the Caring Heart Award for exemplifying the three C’s of nursing - caring, compassion and concern. Earning a gift card from Monarch Uniforms was Rafael Gallo for achieving the highest average on the the Health Education Systems, Inc. (HESI) exam.

Upon receiving their nursing pins, the students then held the traditional candle lighting ceremony prior to citing the Nurse’s Pledge.

Graduating ADN students were: Hagar Aduoffei, Thomas Aguilar, Phyllis Akins, Cassie Alexander, Mabel Ankrah-Kusi, Travis Arnold, Yamil Arocho, Misty Bennett, SueAnn Brockett, Kaitlin Chapman, Kristal Chapple, Tammy Clawson, Massaran Coulibaly, Kelsey Dendy, Krista Ellis, Nastassja Floyd, Rafael Gallo, Kimberly Glawe and Cicely Holmes.

Also completing the ADN  program were Quintin Huser, Yelena Ismaylov, James Jackson, Stephanie Kainz, Ling Lu, Traci Menix, Susan Morales, Erin McCracken,  J. Douglas Millender, Rosalina Moore, Han Nguyen, Cynthia Pabon, Theresa Shaw, Chara Sheppard, Brian Taylor, Mary Torres-Tenorio, Linh Tran, Angela Washington, Terry Williams Jr. and Joy Wright.

The CTC ADN program provides 60 credit hours in five semesters culminating with an Associate of Applied Science degree. It is a pre-licensure nursing program which enables the graduate to take the Texas Board of Nursing National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN®) and prepares graduates for professional practice in a variety of health care settings. The ADN program provides classroom instruction and coordinated supervised clinical experiences in the nursing care of clients in local affiliated hospitals and health care agencies.


Pictured: Terry Williams, Jr. receives his Associate Degree in Nursing pin from Professor Jennifer Sanderson.