MAY 2015

SJR State holds nursing pinning ceremony

Nursing Grad Awards

St. Johns River State College recently held a pinning ceremony to recognize the Associate in Science in Nursing students. The pinning ceremony symbolizes the “rite of passage into the nursing profession,” said Anna Lebesch, Ed.D., SJR State’s vice president for workforce development.  The pin is a reminder to the 55 graduates of their purpose to serve the sick and infirmed.

Students were pinned by family members.  Lebesch described the pinning ceremony as the symbol of the care and devotion nurses provide. The ceremony is also a continued tradition of Florence Nightingale’s extended honor to her most outstanding nurses.

Flagler Hospital’s Chief Nursing Officer Mary Mantese, DNP, RN, CENP, addressed the graduates as the guest speaker. 

In addition to the ceremony, Clay County resident Kimberly Edwards and Putnam County resident Lisa Segovia received the Academic Excellence Award.  Ljudmilla DeLyons of St. Johns County and Christopher Mason of Clay County received the Florence Nightingale Award for special achievement throughout the two-year program.     

Students from Clay County:  Eric Cairatti, Crystal Catenis, Craig Chris, Nicole Cline, Taylor Conrad, Courtney Daughtery, Kimberly Edwards, Jessica Egan, Jacquelyn Eremita, Racquel Estrella, Sheree Flournoy, Sierra Garcia, Kristin Godwin, Rebecca Hickman, Maggie Jones, Christopher Mason, Bryan Masteller, Melanie Morway, Christina Odom, Sarah Powell, Dayna Rockford, Shelley Smith, Heather Staab, Tiffany Stanger, Desireẻ Walker-Henry, Jessica Webb, Lindsey Weems and Jacqueline Winko.  

Students from St. Johns County:  Eleanor Austin, Brandi Cox, Daniel DaConceicao, Joshua Decker, Ljudmilla DeLyons, Chelsea Haas, Adam Hopkins, Karen Lamond, Katelyn McCallum, Megan Melton, Ashley Oster, Sarah Patterson, Douaa Sabbagh, Nilka Serrano, Jille Shelhart, Casey Tatum and Daniel Weiss.

Students from Putnam County:  Seth Atkinson, Madeline Betteridge, Stefanie Engler, Natalie Hart, Alicia Kelley, Kailyn McNeal and Lisa Segovia. 

Students from Duval County:  Chelsey Buffard, Kate Le and Patrika Long. 
SJR State’s nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.  Classes are offered in Palatka and Orange Park.  Applications for the Fall 2015 nursing classes on the Orange Park and Palatka campuses will be accepted through May 31.  Applications for the LPN Bridge to ASN program will be accepted June 1 – June 30 for the Fall 2015 class.  Specific prerequisites and requirements apply and must be completed prior to the first day of the application period. 

SJR State offers additional health programs such as respiratory care, nursing assistant, health information management and radiologic technology. For more information on degree and certificate programs in the health field, call (386) 312-4176.


Nursing Grad Group PAC
Nursing Grad Group OPC


In addition to the ceremony, select students received awards for special achievement throughout the two-year program. From left: Lisa Segovia (Academic Excellence), Ljudmilla DeLyons (Florence Nightingale Award), Kimberly Edwards (Academic Excellence) and Christopher Mason (Florence Nightingale Award).

Nursing students enrolled in the Palatka program:

Front row, left to right:  Ljudmilla DeLyons, Ashley Oster, Kailyn McNeal, Eleanor Austin and Jille Shelhart

Second row, left to right:  Karen Lamond, Alicia Kelley, Chelsea Hass, Nilka Serrano, Lisa Segovia, Madeline Betteridge and Sarah Patterson

Third row, left to right:  Joshua Decker, Katelyn McCallum, Casey Tatum, Brandi Cox, Douaa Sabbagh, Natalie Hart, Tiffany Stanger and Stefanie Engler

Fourth Row, left to right:  Craig Chris, Daniel DaConceicao, Daniel Weiss, Seth Atkinson and Adam Hopkins

Nursing students enrolled in the Orange Park program:

Front row, left to right:  Racquel Estrella, Sierra Garcia, Rebecca Hickman, Kate Le, Nicole Cline and Melanie Morway

Second row, left to right:  Sheree Flournoy, Christina Odom, Jessica Egan, Chelsey Buffard, Courtney Daughtery and Sarah Powell

Third row, left to right:  Crystal Catenis, Maggie Jones, Heather Staab, Kristin Godwin, Jaqueline Winko and Christopher Mason

Fourth row, left to right:  Kimberly Edwards, Shelley Smith, Dayna Rockford, Padrika Long, Jessica Webb and Lindsey Weems

Fifth row, left to right:  Bryan Masteller, Desireẻ Walker-Henry, Jacquelyn Eremita, Megan Melton, Taylor Conrad and Eric Cairatti