Fifteen plus inches of snow on Jan. 27 didn't stop 35 determined Mercer County Community College Nursing graduates, their teachers, families and friends, who turned out in full force for an early evening pinning ceremony and celebration. The graduates were cheered and applauded as they marched into the college’s spacious Conference Center auditorium.
Valedictorian Wendy Solymosi of Hamilton drew tears with her heartfelt talk. “As nurses, each day we will touch a life, or be touched by a life,” she said. “We have chosen a profession of exceptional work…nurses are angels here on earth.”
Solymosi said she felt called to the profession from a young age. “I believe I was always meant to be a nurse because when I was a little girl, I always played with the first aid kit and wanted to help when someone was hurt.”
During the ceremony each graduate was called forward to be pinned by Dean of Science and Health Professions Dr. Linda Martin, with assistance from Associate Professor of Nursing Donna Penn.
MCCC Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Donald Generals gave opening remarks and presented each graduate with a diploma. “You have worked hard. Thank you for choosing this helping profession," he said.
The graduates are now qualified to take the national licensure exam for registered nurses.