DCCC Recognizes New Nurses at Pinning Ceremony

Susan Thornton Receiving Pin

May 15, 2015 – Davidson County Community College recognized 45 new Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) graduates during a candlelight pinning ceremony Thursday night at the Edward C. Smith Civic Center in Lexington.

ADN Pinning 2

Dr. Yolanda Hyde, assistant professor of Adult Health Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and current president of the North Carolina League for Nursing, addressed the 2015 nursing class.

“You have successfully completed this journey through dedication, diligence and determination,” Hyde said. “Each student has been given the foundation to critically think, problem solve, manage time, communicate effectively and utilize technology appropriately to promote and deliver quality nursing care.”

Hyde challenged each graduate to set new goals as they begin their nursing careers and to consider graduation not as the ending of a journey but the beginning of a new one.

“I implore you to continue your education – you are all lifelong learners,” she said. “You have dreams, goals and aspirations. I’m looking at future nurse practitioners, educators, nurse anesthetists, administrators and CEOs.”

Graduate speaker Brandy Lewallen noted class members made it through the challenging but rewarding nursing program by never giving up and believing in themselves.

Kim Benson Speaking at Pinning Ceremony

“We graduates have been blessed with a true gift.” Lewallen said. “We have the skill set of using our brains to critically think about the current situation that is before us as well as having the uplifting reward of working with our partners to offer health and well-being to the public.”

For graduate Susan Thornton, the pinning ceremony was the culmination of a long, emotional journey that began with her daughter’s two-year battle with cancer.

“Many fine nurses took amazing care of us, and now I have the opportunity to pay it forward,” Thornton said. She plans not only to work as a nurse but also to continue her education by earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing.

Members of the 2015 ADN class are as follows:


ADN Traditional: Hannah Paige Allison


LPN to ADN: Helena Carter, Izetta Joyce Karnley, Elizabeth Ann Ledoux, Krista Marie Welch


ADN Traditional: Sydney Lauren Boyles


LPN to ADN: Tayna Michelle Silva


LPN to ADN: Takenya Marie Burton, Joy Sanders Greer, Melanie Helms Walker


LPN to ADN: Sharon Snyder Dunton

High Point

ADN Traditional: Shambrea Danielle Gibson, Michelle Sarai Sarmiento-Arevalo


LPN to ADN: Stephanie Ann Powers


ADN Traditional: Regina Mae Adams, Aimee Elizabeth Aker, Kevin Thomas Brown, Mark Steven Ellwanger, Kelly Lynn Fritts, Britni Danielle Grammer, Heather Lynne Hege, Janette Lorraine Lagasse, Tressa Danielle McGee, Jenna Lanier Perrell, Angel Rafael Santiago, Maegan Austan Spivey, Mary Frances Younts

LPN to ADN: Laura Grubb Grimmett, Tiffany Meadows Swicegood, Angela Rene Turner


LPN to ADN: Jessica Erin Stewart


ADN Traditional: Stephanie Lauren Tuttle


ADN Traditional: Jenny Nicole Peralta

LPN to ADN: Angela Marie Hampton

Southern Pines

LPN to ADN: LaToya Monique Ingram


ADN Traditional: Janessa Marie Johnson, Brandy Leigh Lewallen, Susan Williamson Thornton, Amanda Dawn Turner

LPN to ADN: Angelica Zorana Gladney


ADN Traditional: Susan Elizabeth Martin


ADN Traditional: Ella Nicole Conrad, Amanda Rachele Gibson, Casie Renee Haag

LPN to ADN: Charles Francis Wolfe

*Editor’s note: In the first photo, DCCC nursing graduate Susan Thornton receives her pin from nursing faculty member Elizabeth Weeks during the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) pinning ceremony. In the second photo, nursing graduates hold the lamp they received at the ceremony. In the third photo, Kim Benson, director of nursing programs, speaks at the pinning ceremony.

Founded in 1963, Davidson County Community College is noted for its quality educational programs and services. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, DCCC offers studies in more than 50 degree programs. A fully accredited, multi-campus college, DCCC celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 and is looking forward to serving students in Davidson and Davie counties for many years to come. The college is committed to developing minds, inspiring imaginations and preparing students for enhanced career and educational opportunities within a changing global environment. Visit Davidson County Community College at davidsonccc.edu.