SJR State celebrates nursing graduates

St. Johns River State College recently held a pinning ceremony to recognize the Associate in Science in Nursing (ASN) students. A continued tradition of Florence Nightingale, 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.

ASN graduates include: Heather L. Barley, Julia Dombrowiak, Madeline Hembree, Courtney Sikes, Paul Soto, Hannah Sprague and Philip Tower.

During the ceremony, Heather Barley was awarded the Florence Nightingale Award for demonstrating outstanding compassion toward others, leadership in class and devotion to clients and their families. The Academic Excellence Award was presented to Julia Dombrowiak.

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

Associate in Science in Nursing (ASN) December 2022




Michelle Sjogren
Assistant Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Strategic Communications
(904) 276-6814

Susan Kessler
Director of Public Relations and Marketing
(386) 312-4021