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First WKCTC December Graduation Nursing Pinning

West Kentucky Community and Technical College will hold its first December graduation and nursing pinning ceremony at the Luther Carson Four Rivers Center on December 16. The nursing pinning ceremony begins at 5:00 p.m., followed by graduation at 7:30 p.m. Eight hundred and fourteen WKCTC students are candidates for graduation.

This is the first time weve held a graduation in December, said Tammy Thompson, WKCTC public relations coordinator. We wanted to provide an opportunity for the many students who will graduate at the end of the fall 2013 semester with a chance to participate in graduation without having to return for the May 2014 ceremony.

With more than 450 nursing graduates in the last five years, WKCTC continues to help meet the needs of the healthcare industry, said Shari Gholson, WKCTC dean of nursing. Were excited to be having our pinning ceremony at the Carson Center this year; it will be the perfect place to better accommodate our students and their families as we honor our nursing graduates.

Allied health students Jackie Brown of McCracken County and Kaela Burge-Beckley of Evansville, Ind., will be the student speakers for the graduation ceremony; both earning an Associate of Science of Applied Science degree. Brown will graduate from the clinical laboratory technician program and Burge-Beckley will graduate from the physical therapist assistant program. Dr. Victoria Seng, University of Tennessee at Martin associate vice chancellor of academic affairs, will be the keynote speaker for the evening. Seng is a graduate of Paducah Tilghman High School and earned an associate in nursing degree from Paducah Community College, one of the founding institutions of todays WKCTC. Seng earned a doctorate degree in nursing from Texas Womans University.

This year, thirty-seven nursing students will cross the Carson Center stage to receive nursing pins in their respective programs with 37 receiving pins representing the completion of the associate degree in nursing program and 23 receiving pins representing the completion of the practical nursing program

The pinning ceremony is a symbolic welcoming of newly-graduated nurses into the nursing profession.