College of Western Idaho's (CWI) Practical Nursing program celebrated the class of 2020 during a virtual pinning ceremony Dec. 17.
Joan Weddington, Practical Nursing program instructor, kicked off the 45-minute event followed by speakers, Allison Baker, Nursing Department Chair; Denise Aberle-Cannata, Provost; and President Bert Glandon.
"COVID-19, as challenging as it has been, was not a deterrent to this group of enthusiastic practical nursing students," said Weddington. "Although they would have preferred to have a traditional face-to-face pinning ceremony as future nurses, they wanted to set an example and have a virtual event. These students have consistently proven their ability to be determined, motivated, and resilient--the same qualities of every successful nurse!"
Each student had an opportunity to share their thoughts on graduating during the ceremony.
"Whenever I needed a word of encouragement or just a push, I could always talk with Dr. Weddington. She would say, 'Keep going! You're going to be a nurse!' She seriously pushed me to pursue my dreams," Class of 2020 graduate, Heather Bochenski said.