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Midland College Vocational Nursing Program Celebrates Graduating ClassAugust 16, 2019

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Midland College (MC) 2018-2019 Vocational Nursing students were pinned at a ceremony on Thursday
evening, August 15, at 6:00 p.m. in the Allison Fine Arts Building Wagner & Brown Auditorium. The
pinning ceremony is a tradition for nursing schools, marking the transition from nursing school to
nursing practice. The August 15 ceremony will include MC Vocational Nursing students who have been
enrolled in Midland at the main MC campus and in Fort Stockton at Midland College’s branch campus,
the Williams Regional Technical Training Center.


The nursing pin has a long and honorable history. The tradition of pinning began in 1860 when
Florence Nightingale was awarded The Red Cross of St. George by Queen Victoria for her service in
the Crimean War. Nightingale shared this honor with her nursing school students by giving each
graduate a badge. By 1916 the pinning ceremony became an established tradition of nursing schools.


MC August 2019 Vocational Nursing graduates from Midland are Deborah Amoaka, Constance
Davis, Cristina Gonzalez, Carrie-Anne Mancha, Isela Luna, Elena Madrid, Leyla McCoy, Erica
Navarro, Chinyere Ojo, Temitope Okuneye, Abby Platte, Vanesa Valenzuela, Vanessa Vazquez
and Ashley Young.


MC August 2019 Vocational Nursing graduates from Fort Stockton are Amber Akin, Araly Galindo,
Cassandra Luera, Diana Pacheco, Obadiah Pruitt, Yvonne Dominguez, Verenice Salgado, Mary
Vega and Terrance Wells.


Students who received special awards are:


Cassandra Luera – The Academic Excellence Award, The Florence Nightingale Award and
The Wallace W. and Kathleen Irwin Nursing Scholarship Award.
Ashley Young – The Florence Nightingale Award
Deborah Amoaka – The Wallace W. and Kathleen Irwin Nursing Scholarship Award.


“We are extremely proud of these graduates,” said Brooke Foutch, MC assistant director of Vocational
Nursing. “During this past year, they have worked hard to achieve their passion of becoming
professionals in the healthcare industry. It is a beautiful thing when that passion can be combined with
a rewarding career!”

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