SJR State celebrates nursing graduates with pinning ceremony

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St. Johns River State College recently held a pinning ceremony to recognize the Associate in Science in Nursing (ASN) students and the Practical Nursing (PN) students from both the Orange Park and Palatka campuses. A continued tradition of Florence Nightingale’s extended honor to her most outstanding nurses, the pinning ceremony symbolizes the rite of passage into the nursing profession and the care and devotion nurses provide. Graduates received a pin that serves as a reminder of their purpose to serve the sick and infirmed.

The Florence Nightingale Award for demonstrating outstanding scholarship, compassion toward others, leadership in class and devotion to clients and their families was awarded to ASN students Desiree Nelson, of Duval County, and Deborah Mendoza, of Putnam County, and to PN student Jennifer Hopkins, of Putnam County.

The Academic Excellence Award for strength and dedication in achieving and maintaining academic excellence during their students was awarded to ASN students Ashley Horen, of Clay County and Tamara Grundy, of St. Johns County, and to PN student Jasmine Hunter, of Putnam County.

ASN students from the Orange Park campus program included:

Clay County: Carrie Browning, Gabrielle Cooke, Kyrstin Crooms, Megan Dailey, Nina Dodge, Mary Doty, Justin Fooshee, Shari Hardison, Ashley Horen, Morgan Nesmith, Christine Nolasco, Jolie Ottomeyer, Ryanne Peppers, Yaritza Pineiro, Brittany Puckett, Sydnie Reagan, Jeffrey Spear, Bryce Sumner, Lexus Thomas and Robert Weeks.

Baker County: Ashley Willis.

Duval County: Jessica Martinez, Desiree Nelson and Cari Nipper.

ASN students from the Palatka campus program included:

Clay County: Cameron Breu, Jessika Casey and Chelsa Gantea.

Putnam County: Ti’Coi Brown, Julieann Farrar, Faith Jones and Deborah Mendoza.

St. Johns County: Adebowale Adebowale, Sunny Burns, Adriane Glasscock, Clarize Goins, Kyle Gregory, Tamara Grundy, Tanya Koons, Mikayla Lee, Keelie Petty, Michael Ramos, Nadia Rubin, Krista Schneider and Taylor Stratton.

Duval County: Amber Dewar, Sharique Ellison and Nicolas Maldonado.

Pinellas County: Olivia Street

Practical Nursing students from the Palatka campus program included:

Clay County: Tamesha Carter, Michelle Dygert and Autumn Utech.

Putnam County: Lisa Hendrix, Jennifer Hopkins, Jasmine Hunter, Serena Kemp and Lasandra Winn. St. Johns County: Cayla Jackson.

SJR State’s nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, and classes are offered at the Palatka and Orange Park campuses.

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