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CHESTER and MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – As family and friends cheered, more than 60 Brightpoint Community College students celebrated their completion of Brightpoint Community College’s nursing and practical nursing programs. The students were honored during a Pinning Ceremony held December 14, 2023, at the college’s Chester Campus. Laura Reed, chief nursing officer at CJW Johnston-Willis Hospital, delivered the keynote address. During her address, Reed told students they are entering a profession where they will make a difference every day. She advised them that no two days are the same, that every patient is a unique person, and that they should never forget to show kindness, be respectful, and build trust.

After the keynote speaker and student speaker addresses, the nursing and practical nursing graduates were called to the stage to be recognized and to receive their pins. They include (zip codes appear next to name):

Associate of Applied Science Nursing Degree Fall 2023 Graduates

Iman Alabbasi (23060)
Aurora Allen (23234)
Berkley Atkins (23832)
Kaitlin Bayer (23237)
Manna Bermudez (23233)
Brett Bluestein (23112)
Shalisa Borden (23237)
Courtney Branham (23237)
Madeline Brilhart (23220)
Kaylee Bryant (23803)
Heydi Burgos (23234)
Chanler Callaham (23236)
Jennifer Crocker (23114)
Khadyjah Dennis (23234)
Jennifer Dodge (23228)
Alexander DuBose (23139)
Tracy Ellis (23139)
Candace Fannin (23842)
Maren Foster (23832)
Javia Harris (23139)
Samantha Herlinger (23139)
Soobin Jeon (23114)
Asia Jones (23832)
Bryce Jones (23236)
Joseph Landolt (23222)
Ashley Little (23083)
Jamie Marroquin (23237)
Joshua McKinney (23831)
Tania Mendoza (23237)
Morgan Neal (23120)
Kimberly Nichols (22407)
Ana Karolina Paiva (23120)
Akira Payton (23803)
Hoang Pham (23112)
Tionna Pritchett (23060)
Stephanie Raciti (23228)
Celadon Ramsey (23111)
Khadijah Randolph (23075)
Juana Rodriguez Rodriguez (23234)
Josiah Shade (23223)
Kamiah Shepard (23224)
Candice Smith (23228)
Catrina Smith (23234)
Kristen Stephenson (23805)
Kayla Tench (23139)
Megan Timmerman (23113)
Cecilia Trancoso (23112)
Ryleigh Turner (23838)
Nia Vaughan (23832)
Bethany Watson (23832)
Spencer Werneth (23059)
Hunter White (23112)
Sarah Wilson (23075)
Austin Wood (23220)

Practical Nursing Certificate Summer 2023 Graduates

Michele Henry (23141)
Elizabelth Mullins (23112)
Startia Phillips (23831)
Haseenah Smith (23234)
Christopher Tremblay (23838)

Practical Nursing Certificate Fall 2023 Graduates

Yonna Bradley (23875)
Serina Serrano (23114)
Kayla Brown (23831)

Pinning dates back to the 1880s. The pin, given to graduate candidates, symbolizes the school of nursing where the students earned their clinical experience, achieved academic credentials and began their socialization into the profession. The ceremony marks the completion of that rigorous training and is often viewed with the same importance as commencement. 
Brightpoint Community College, one of the largest institutions in the Virginia Community College System, envisions a success story for every student. Brightpoint offers students a high-quality, high-value education, with more than 80 majors that provide pathways to careers in in-demand fields; transfer opportunities to four-year colleges and universities; and industry credentials and licensures. The college, with campuses in Chester and Midlothian, online classes, and off-campus classrooms, served more than 11,700 students during the 2022-23 academic year. It also assisted more than 4,000 learners through Community College Workforce Alliance, the shared workforce division of Brightpoint and Reynolds community colleges.