Fourteen South Georgia Tech LPN students receive nursing pins – Americus Times-Recorder

Fourteen South Georgia Tech LPN students receive nursing pins

Published on Thursday 03 August 2023 18:34

LPN Graduates 8-23: Pictured (from right) are SGTC Nursing Instructors Jennifer Childs, Raissa Welch and Christine Rundle with LPN Graduates at the recent awards ceremony. Photo by SGTC

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AMERICUS — Fourteen graduates of the South Georgia Technical College (SGTC) Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) program received their nursing pins in a recent ceremony at the John M. Pope Industrial Technology Center on the Americus campus. A large group of family members, friends, administrators and educators attended the event to show their support while the students participated in the traditional pinning ritual.

Alumni who received their pins at the ceremony included: Maria Battle of Ellaville, pinned by SGTC Nursing Instructor Jennifer Childs; Tyera Burns of Americus, pinned by Jennifer Childs; Cadeidra Crumbley from Buena Vista pinned by her boyfriend Eugene Smith, LPN; Tarneika Davis of Buena Vista pinned by her aunt and SGTC graduate Sherica Stevens, LPN; Americus’ Sydney Espino pinned by her sister-in-law and SGTC graduate Brittany Martinez, LPN; Kathryn Ferry from Americus, pinned by SGTC graduate Ashton Tatum, LPN; Erica Hawkins from Americus, pinned by Jennifer Childs; Robin Jones from Columbus pinned by her best friend April Anderson, RN; Kagen Mathis from Leslie, pinned by her mother and SGTC graduate Wendi Clarke, LPN; Jha’neisha Mathis from Desoto, pinned by Jennifer Childs; Tai Strohmayer by Americus, pinned by her mother, Vicki Mason, RN, and her sister, Shaneal Hill, LPN; Whitney Thompson of Buena Vista pinned by her cousin Jasmine Powell, LPN; Buena Vista’s Aislin Vicente, pinned by Jennifer Childs; and Nykeria Walker from Americus, pinned by Jennifer Childs.

Julie Partain, SGTC Vice President for Academic Affairs, welcomed those in attendance and graduate Tarneika Davis delivered the invocation. LPN Instructor Jennifer Childs provided an overview of the courses and presented a student slide show introducing students as they progressed through the LPN program.

Erica Hawkins was the class representative for the event and emphasized the importance of compassion in the nursing profession. “Compassion in care is not a one-off event, it’s an ongoing process,” Hawkins said. “It’s about building a trusting relationship with our patients and their families, and supporting them throughout their journey.”

After the speech, Jennifer Childs and fellow nursing practitioners Christine Rundle and Raissa Welch called each member of the class onto the stage individually to receive their pin and rose.

LPN graduate Kathryn Ferry then led the class at the Nurse’s Pledge and Lamp Lighting. Lecturer Christine Rundle delivered closing remarks, followed by a prayer and blessing from graduate Aislin Vicente.

The LPN program at South Georgia Technical College is one of over 200 programs offered by SGTC that lead to a degree, diploma or technical certificate. Learn more about all programs and apply for enrollment at The fall semester starts on August 17th.