Nursing Program Celebrates 36 Graduates


Mercer County Community College's Nursing Program celebrated the graduations of 36 Nursing students on May 16 at a ceremony at Kelsey Theatre.

Student valedictorian, Jordana LeBlanc, scored the highest class average, a GPA of 3.9. With a B.A. in history, she completed her studies in nursing while raising three children. She said the 9-11 tragedy "made me realize I wanted to help people."

The May 2007 graduates numbered 36, bringing the number of graduates for the year to 78.

The Nursing students raised $1,400 through a cookie sale. They purchased flowers for their graduation ceremony. They also donated eight scholarships of $100 each to classmates who needed help paying for their Nursing licensure preparation class. The balance was donated to Mercer's Nursing laboratory.

May's Nursing graduates bring the year's total to 78. In addition to its own Nursing program, Mercer works with Capital Health System and St. Francis Medical Center in cooperative programs.

Valedictorian Jordana LeBlanc.
Graduate Thomas Bonacci, left, worked for 30 years as a truck mechanic before pursuing his Nursing degree. He is pictured with Dr. Edwin Martinez, Dean of Science and Health Professions.

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