SJR State holds nursing pinning ceremony

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St. Johns River State College recently held a pinning ceremony to recognize the Associate in Science degree in Nursing students. The pinning ceremony, which is a continued tradition of Florence Nightingale’s extended honor to her most outstanding nurses, symbolizes the rite of passage into the nursing profession and the care and devotion nurses provide.

Student Andrea Ciccotelli, of Clay County, was recognized with the Florence Nightingale Award for “demonstrating outstanding scholarship, compassion toward others, leadership in class and devotion to clients and their families” throughout the two-year program. Miranda Mizell, also of Clay County, received the Academic Excellence Award for “strength and dedication in achieving and maintaining academic excellence” during the program.

Students were pinned by family members. The pin serves as a reminder to the 34 graduates of their purpose to serve the sick and infirmed.

Students from Clay County: Julie Booth, Jessica Chapman, Andrea Ciccotelli, Kathryne Dong, Monty Farrell, Evan Frisbee, April Jenkins, Shannon Kircher, Miranda Mizell, Jason Myers, Anna Neel, Junior Nelson and Melanie Rodabaugh.

Students from St. Johns County: Olivia Bence, Julia Broskie, Ishmel Brown-Crawford, Michael Dale, Ashton Goode, Hannah Goolsby, Brittni Shea and Jason Welty.

Students from Duval County: Avery Bowen, Nedchire Cleridor, Beatris Gomez, Ashley Juanillo, Leteisha McKennon, Bernadette Montonera, Megan Phillips, Ashley Richard, Christyann Riggs, McKendree Tozzolo and Eric Walker.

Students from other counties: Maegan Gerace and Mariah Southerland

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 Spring 2019 nursing classes on the Orange Park campus will be accepted from September 1 - 30. 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.


In addition to the pinning ceremony, select students received awards for special achievement throughout the two-year program. From left, Andrea Ciccotelli, of Clay County, received the Florence Nightingale Award; Miranda Mizell, also of Clay County, received the Academic Excellence Award.

Nursing students enrolled in the Orange Park program:
Front Row, L-R: Kathryne Dong, Avery Bowen, Jessica Chapman, Leteisha McKennon, April Jenkins, Ashton Goode, Maegan Gerace and Anna Neel
Second Row, L-R: Ashley Juanillo, McKendree Tozzolo, Megan Phillips, Hannah Goolsby, Beatris Gomez and Brittni Shea
Third Row, L-R: Nedchire Cleridor, Mariah Southerland, Miranda Mizell, Bernadette Montonera, Christyann Riggs and Olivia Bence
Fourth Row, L-R: Melanie Rodabaugh, Shannon Kircher and Junior Nelson
Fifth Row, L-R: Andrea Ciccotelli, Julia Broskie, Jason Myers, Monty Farrell, Julie Booth and Ashley Richard
Back Row, L-R: Ishmel Brown-Crawford, Evan Frisbee, Eric Walker, Micheal Dale and Jason Welty


Susan Kessler
Director of Public Relations and Publications
(386) 312-4020