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2017 Vocational Nursing graduates front row l to r: Kara Olson, Briana Dawson, Amy Tylosky, Kourtney Pott, Veronica Hepker, Rose Jones, Alyssa Griffin, Sonia Torres, Alfie Mullins. Back row l to r: Kimberly Tanner, Alexis Moore, David Sweeney, Christine Tracy.

Cerro Coso nursing students celebrated their graduation by participating in a Pinning and Capping Ceremony on the afternoon of Friday, December 8th.

The students lit lamps, recited pledges and received caps and pins as symbols of their preparedness to serve as compassionate caregivers. Family and friends filled the College Gymnasium to witness the ceremony and support their loved ones as they celebrated the completion of the highly respected and rigorous vocational nursing program at CCCC.

The thirteen nursing students honored were: Briana Dawson-Wright, Alyssa Griffin, Veronica Hepker, Rose Jones, Alexis Mullins, Kara Olson, Kourtney Pott, David Sweeney, Kimberly Tanner, Sonia Torres, Christine Tracy, and Amy Tylosky.

The capping and pinning ceremony signifies the official initiation into the brotherhood and sisterhood of nurses. It is a proud moment for the students as they are welcomed into the nursing profession.

The next step for these students is to take the Nursing Certification Licensing Exam (NCLEX), and upon passage, the graduates will have earned the credential of Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN).

Matt Wanta, Director of the Nursing Program, challenged the college's newest nursing graduates to become advocates for health care at the conclusion of the ceremony. “Go forth and use the education you've received at Cerro Coso to not only provide compassionate and skilled care to patients and families but to also give voice to health-care needs in the community.”