Pinning Ceremony Marks Beginning Of Careers For JCC Nursing Stud

Pinning Ceremony Marks Beginning Of Careers For JCC Nursing Students

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With the twist of a pin, weekend nursing students at Jefferson Community College are officially qualified to enter their chosen profession.

SOT Priscilla Acheampong, 2018 graduate of JCC's nursing program, "It's like the light at the end of the tunnel, with the pin, it's just official," graduate Priscilla Acheampong said,

A time-honored tradition, "pinning ceremonies" like one held at JCC Thursday symbolize the transition from being a student to becoming a nursing professional.

"Well, for me it's a big achievement," Ruth Ramirez said. "My family always supported me. It was something that I was actually looking forward to. I've been in school for a very long time."

One of the graduates is a full-time construction worker who drove all the way from Connecticut to Watertown to earn his degree.

"Traveling to upstate from Connecticut every weekend -- to and from -- gives you a lot of time to think," Eric Kloehn said. "I was able to, with the permission of my instructors, I recorded lectures that they were giving and I was able to listen to them for the four, almost four-and-a-half-hour drive."

Kloehn is the only man of 21 graduating this year from the weekend nursing program.

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