COD nurses graduated after summer of 2012

The students that graduated were given pins and certificates as nurses

College of the Desert students celebrate graduating as nurses. (Michael Gonzalez/ The Chaprral)

by Michael Gonzalez
Production Manager

On Sept. 7, the students graduated with high honors by receiving a pin of excellence. The ceremony started at 4 pm with family and friends watching the students become nurses.

When the ceremony began, the song “Bittersweet Symphony” was played while the students walked from the lobby to the stage. The graduates wore their nursing uniforms. Family and friends were proud that they finally had become professional nurses.

Leslie Young, Dean, introduced the students that graduated and awarded them a special pin of excellence from the Health Science Division at COD.

Joel Kinnamon, the new COD president, gave a message to the students to be encouraged and proud of their achievement as registered nurses. Kinnamon told the students “Nursing is a calling. You will hold life in your hands. You’ll be making a difference in the lives of those you touch.”

Class speakers Christian Flores and Mindi Rodriguez said “It would have been nothing without our family and friends encouraging us to be nurses.” While Rodriguez was giving her speech in English, Flores spoke Spanish to the audience for Hispanic family and friends.

The students were happy that were taught by getting to know and listening to their patients. And they mentioned that Pryzgocki believed in them from the beginning and they needed to believe in her too.  Monica Pryzgocki is the assistant director of the LVN Program is in charge of training students to become registered nurses. Pryzgocki wanted her graduates to be able to care for and save lives as nurses.

The ceremony goes back more than 150 years to the Nightingale School of Nursing in London. The school’s legendary founder, Florence Nightingale, honored her graduating students with a pin as a symbol of excellence.

The nursing pin is a badge they have graduated and a symbolic message to welcome them as nurses. This tradition began in the United States  in the 1880s at Bellevue Hospital in New York.

Just before the ceremony ended, the students recited the nurse’s pledge to the audience. When the event finished, everyone took pictures of the graduates.

The graduation was held at the McCallum Theatre at Palm Desert. The COD Foundation provided free cookies and lemonade to the guests and graduates.   Admission was free for family and friends.

The generous donors that helped make the event possible included Eisenhower Medical Center and the Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce.


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