NMJC Holds Pinning Ceremony for Nursing Graduates
5/11/2007 10:35:08 a.m. - Hobbs, NM. On Thursday, May 10, the 34 graduates of New Mexico Junior College's nursing program were reminded one last time of their class motto Non Sibi Sed Omnibus, Not Self But Others, as they were pinned, officially recognizing them as graduate nurses in the state of New Mexico.
The ceremony, which aired live on U.S. Cable Channel 19, conveyed the theme Aloha, representing a goodbye to student life and a hello to their next phase of life. The students were escorted in by nursing professors Lynda Knoll and Shelly Murphy.
RN graduate nurse Kathleen Almaguer was selected by her peers to represent their nursing class as the graduation speaker. Almaguer spoke of gratitude, blessings, and universal goodness. "It is now my turn to pass on the gift that keeps on giving," expressed Almaguer.
Nursing professors Sondra Hutson, Lynda Knoll, Shelly Murphy, Delores Thompson, Tami James, and Kim Webb pinned the graduates and presented them with their certificates of completion.
The nursing graduates recognized their instructors for being the solid rock of their foundation of learning. As freshman-nursing student Jennie Flowers read The Rock Garden, a thank you written by the 2007 nursing graduates, each graduate symbolically placed a rock in wooden bowls for the five instructors.
The NMJC nursing graduates of the class of 2007 are as follows: Kathleen W. Almaguer, Aijalon W. Ashley, Ashlee Renee Auld, Janell R. Babb, Brandi Michelle Brister, Joni D. Campbell, Kelly Dawn Cook, Jonathan Wayne Cox, Jami A. Davis, Cynthia Janet Escalante, Joe T. Estrada, Tina L. Estrada, Jessica Marie Franco, Thomas Paul Fuller, Camilla Lindsey Glenn, Kenzi Diana Griego, Ted Guzman, Sami G. Harrison, Steven Lee Hudson, Claudia Jimenez, Kara Alane Lawson, Anissa Jo Lewis, Jolene Moreno, Wesley W. Pollinzi, Ben R. Parra, Joaquin Rios, Tina K. Salazar, Marlene Simpson, Carrie Suggs-Baccus, Marie Rochelle Tandoc Palisoc, Ana Erica Valdez, Charlie M. Waits, Theresa Leah Webb, and Pamela Sue Welborn.
"These graduates will be offering many gifts to our profession. They have skillful hands, powerful intuition, and valiant advocacy. Through it all, they are nurses, who will not take 'no' for an answer and will persevere to provide kind, considerate care. As Mark Twain said, 'Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can read.' Each of these graduates will offer themselves in a knowledgeable and compassionate manner to provide care to those in need," explained Karen Cummings, Director of Allied Health.
Following the pinning was a candlelight ceremony in which Murphy and Hutson symbolically passed the light of knowledge to graduate students who, in turn, passed it to two freshman in the nursing program, Beth Jackson and Nancy Martinez.
According to Dr. Mary Jane Ward, Dean of Business and Technology, "This pinning is a celebration of the accomplishments of the graduates and is a testimony to their determination to complete this program to become the best nurses they can be. We look forward to observing the future successes of the graduates as they become members of the health care culture. They will share this culture with a group of people whose shared beliefs and practices identify them as an elite group who provides care for those of us who depend upon their skill and compassion to care for our loved ones and us. We wish them the very best."