In a touching ceremony that blended tradition with innovation, Mitchell Community College honored its 2024 nursing program graduates during the annual pinning ceremony on Wednesday evening.

Held in Shearer Hall, the ceremony was a celebration of resilience, dedication, and the enduring spirit of those preparing to enter the noble profession of nursing.

The event, led by faculty Anna Murdock, commenced with an introduction by Linda Wiersch, the dean of Health Science and Wellness at Mitchell. Wiersch highlighted the significance of the pinning ritual, which has been a cherished tradition at Mitchell since the first pin was designed by the Class of 1984.

Mitchell President Tim Brewer addressed the gathering, acknowledging the contributions of college board members and emphasizing the ceremony’s dual significance as both an end and a beginning. He paid tribute to Emma Raymond, a student who passed away during her time in the program, recognizing her family amidst the attendees.

Caitlyn Reed, a member of the Class of 2024, delivered a poignant speech, inspiring her peers.

“Life is not about weathering the storm,” she said. “It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.”

Reed also honored Emma Raymond’s memory, noting her intellectual prowess and indomitable spirit.

The ceremony drew over 200 attendees. Graduates shared reflections on their journey, highlighting the dedication and hard work required to succeed.

Brianna Lemaster, a class of 2024 graduate of the Paramedic to RN course, said her friends were her biggest supporters.

“We had a little group, we studied together, pulled each other through,” she said, adding how excited she is to begin her career.

An award ceremony followed the pinning. Several students were recognized for their outstanding achievements, including Paige Thornton who received accolades for achieving the highest GPA in the Paramedic to RN program.

Additionally, the parents of Emma Raymond presented Courtney Chase with the inaugural Emma Raymond Scholarship, commemorating their daughter’s legacy.

The ceremony underscored Mitchell Community College’s commitment to providing top-notch education for aspiring nurses, with “one of the highest pass rates for clinical students” as noted by Susie McHargue.

Photo Gallery (Courtesy of Mitchell Community College)

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