A passing score on a national exam is now the only thing separating 44 new Yavapai College Nursing Program graduates and their dreams of joining the healthcare frontlines.

The 45 men and women representing both the YC Prescott and Verde Valley campuses celebrated their successful nursing student journeys with a traditional pinning ceremony Dec. 9 in the YC Performing Arts Center. The pinning of each graduate by one or a bevy of loved ones was a highlight of the ceremony that also featured a recitation of the Florence Nightingale pledge and emotional speeches.

YC Nursing Professor Maria Thomas fought back tears several times as she congratulated the fall 2022 graduates, all sporting blue scrubs and seated closely together on the YCPAC stage. Turning from the podium so she could speak directly to her former students, Thomas said, “the reality of work is often a shock to the system and the first year of a nursing career is said to be the toughest. I’m counting on you to handle it because I might be the patient in that bed,” she said, garnering audience laughter. Turning serious, Thomas encouraged graduates “to continue to give your best to any job or challenge you encounter.

“I have faith you will turn into the most amazing professionals and I’m proud to have played a part,” Thomas said.

In her congratulatory remarks to fall nursing graduates, YC President Dr. Lisa Rhine applauded their fortitude, diligence and sacrifices and the support and sacrifices of their families. While acknowledging the challenges they likely will face in these uncertain times, Rhine urged the future RNs to “practice the art and science of nursing with your amazing minds and loving hearts and always continue to build on what you have learned at Yavapai College.”

Rhine concluded her remarks sharing a quote from an anonymous source: “Not all angels wear wings. Some wear scrubs.”

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Following are the fall 2022 YC Nursing Program graduates:

  • Emma Beadnell
  • Brian Biske
  • Sunshine Brown
  • Diana Castaneda
  • Jacob Chase
  • Shayla Corkery
  • Chaselyn Couch
  • Sara DeCotret
  • Ashley Donelson
  • Salynda Duran
  • Sahara Ford
  • Ashley Funkhouser
  • Sarah Gutierrez
  • Joel Herrera
  • Brittany Hilderman
  • Danielle Hineman
  • Jania Hughbanks
  • Alexandria Hunt
  • Abbie Huot
  • Tiffany Lavers
  • Jaron Lovely
  • Richard Lyman
  • Chi Hua Martinez
  • Tiffany McLaughlin
  • Isis Meyjes
  • Starlett Morales
  • Christina Murray
  • Jacklyn Ortman
  • Stephanie Ostler
  • Erica Petlin
  • Koda Pham
  • Kimberly Presson
  • Tara Purinton
  • Ruby Rocha
  • Lindsay Rowe
  • Stephanie Schult
  • Brandy Seneca
  • Chira Slaughter
  • Blake Stein
  • Bailey Thompson
  • Derek Thron
  • Michaela Vanatta
  • Flor Villavicencio
  • Makenzie Washburn
  • Chrissi Web