MVC honored its first Nursing graduating class of two men and 10 women on May 4 at the Eckilson-Mabee Theater.
At what was called a “Pinning Ceremony,” the graduates were presented with special pins and roses in recognition of their successful achievement in the Nursing program.
MVC President Bonnie Humphrey provided the greetings and then Nursing student Melissa Billingsley spoke as the class representative. Billingsley thanked family and instructors for the understanding, encouragement, and motivation. It had been a difficult road over the past four years to find the balance between school and loved ones, she said. Nevertheless, she said, “All our dreams can come true.”
Nursing Program Director Tonya Eddy provided the ceremony message, saying that “Nursing is a profession built on tradition.” She noted the traditions of nursing, such as the cap, the nursing pin, and apricot roses. The MVC nursing pin contains a caduceus, a purple jewel representing MVC, and a heart. “Never lose your heart,” Eddy said.
She said the graduates would face challenges in heath care, such as the aspects of a population living longer and the problems of obesity. Eddy praised the graduates for what they had accomplished.