APRIL 2021

SJR State celebrates nursing graduates with pinning ceremony

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Pinning ceremony students
Pinning ceremony graduates

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

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 were Kelli Lacouture and Rebecca Denton.

Kimberly Jarvis and Ashleigh Vaughan were recognized with the Academic Excellence Award for “strength and dedication in achieving and maintaining academic excellence” during the program.

Students from Clay County: Kelly Bemis, Brittany Booker, Stephanie Buoye, Kayla Carson, Katie Charbonneau, Vanndavy Chea, Brittany Connelly, Tammy Fazli, Seth Knight, Kelli Lacouture, Abigayle Louden, Hailey Mattox, Isabella Miciotto, Jessica Murkerson, Ashley O’Lena, Carmen Pearson, Katelyn Rhodes-Carty, Gabrielle Rowland, Alexandra Wheeler and Taylor Williams.

Students from Putnam County: Baily Bellamy, Jazmin Martinez, Kimberly Rigdon and Jasmine Segovia. Students from St. Johns County: Jessica Abels, Joseph Benonis, Ty Blake, Deborah Bohannon, Monique Corrigan, Madelyn Degrande, Rebecca Denton, Aimee Hallett, Tamarria Harrison, Kimberly Jarvis, Lonna Mayer, Hunter Mitchell, Olivia Pogodzinski, Jessica Rafferty, Whitney Rush, Ashleigh Vaughan and Kristen Williams. Students from Duval County: Gertrude Bell, Ruthcely Ortiz and Sejal Patel.

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 management and radiologic technology. For more information on degree and certificate programs in the health field, call (386) 312-4176 or visit

PHOTO CAPTIONS: Nursing Awards (from left): Rebecca Denton and Kelli Lacouture (Florence Nightingale Award) and Ashleigh Vaughan and Kimberly Jarvis (Academic Excellence Award).

Students in the Associate in Nursing program at St. Johns River State College were recognized with the Florence Nightingale and Academic Excellence Awards at a recent pinning ceremony at the Thrasher-Horne Center at the Orange Park campus.



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