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.
You can watch the ceremony on YouTube, and learn more about the program and application process by visiting CWI's website!