The Medical Education Campus of Northern Virginia Community College hosted its annual Allied Health and Nursing pinning and recognition ceremonies this month. The ceremonies honor spring graduates who successfully completed any of the ten health-related programs at NOVA.
The Allied Health pinning ceremony was held at the Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at the Alexandria Campus on May 11. A total of 198 graduates were honored. NOVA’s Allied Health programs include: dental hygiene, diagnostic medical sonography, emergency medical services, health information management, medical laboratory technology, occupational therapy assistant, physical therapist assistant, radiography, respiratory therapy and certification in dental assisting.
NOVA-Alexandria Dean of Learning and Technology Resources Dr. Frances Villagran-Glover delivered a personal message to graduates by sharing her gratitude for healthcare professionals not as a faculty member, but as mother whose son survived a skydiving accident. Glover emphasized the importance of having strength and determination as they begin their career in healthcare.
“In life, each of us has a higher calling to make a difference,” Glover said. “No job, regardless of the salary or benefits, can take the place of a life committed to a purpose greater than yourself; and you have chosen such a profession. Your entry into healthcare will impact the social and spiritual well-being of many individuals and families. My son and entire family thank you. All things are possible with strength and determination.”
The Nursing pinning ceremony was held at Hayfield Secondary School in Alexandria on May 13. With 156 nursing graduates recognized for their entrance into the field, each one received a pin that represented a commitment to practicing as a professional nurse.
NOVA nursing graduate Myung Kim congratulated his former classmates on their success and extended gratitude to the MEC faculty and staff that helped him transition to a promising career.
“Our class would not have reached this milestone without having wonderful instructors,” said Kim. “They helped us to be our best by teaching us to never give up. I am seriously confident that each of us will become great nurses.”
“I want to congratulate the 2016 graduates for overcoming challenges to reach this great milestone,” NOVA President Scott Ralls said. “Thanks to your grit and dedication as well as to the faculty, staff and program leaders who were dedicated to your success, you are now ready to contribute to our community and nation as only nurses can.”
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