(Bradenton, FL—April 3, 2017) Over 200 friends and family members, many with balloons and flowers, filled Cantrell Hall on April 3 as Manatee Technical College graduated 20 students from its Practical Nursing program.
“Each one of us chose to be a nurse to help and heal others in their time of need,” said Morgan Dettmer as she spoke to her class of fellow graduates. She closed by reminding them, “They may forget your name, by they will never forget how you made them feel.”
In a traditional nurses pinning ceremony, one by one the graduates called loved ones to the stage to express gratitude to them for their support. Spouses, children, friends, parents and grandparents had the honor of presenting each graduate with a nursing pin.
Graduate Kei’Vonda Lane led the Pledge of Allegiance. Doug Wagner, executive director of Adult Career & Technical Education for the District, gave the welcome. Health programs coordinator Joan Barrese introduced the faculty. Nursing instructors Dr. Bonnie Harvey and Angeline Komarow presented the pins. MTC director Dr. Valerie Viands and assistant director Jeanette Eddy congratulated each graduate. Graduate Jessica McKinnon led the graduates in the Nursing Pledge and made closing remarks.
The graduates will become Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) upon successfully passing the national licensing exam. The MTC pass rate on the national LPN exam is 95%. The nursing program’s job placement rate is 94%.