Families, faculty, staff, community members, and 31 graduates of the STI Practical Nurse Program celebrated hard work and achievement at their graduation on Thursday night, June 28, 2012. Dressed in traditional white uniforms, the future nurses entered the cafetorium to the traditional music of “Pomp and Circumstance” to receive their caps, pins, diplomas and awards.
Following the Pledge of Allegiance, led by graduate Crystal O’Brien, and the National Anthem, Practical Nurse Program Director Marybeth Pepin welcomed and acknowledged the efforts of the students and their school and home support systems. She recognized the faculty and staff of STI, with special acknowledgement to Jenni Gallant, Rhonda Frank and Amy Thomson.
Superintendent Luis Lopes congratulated students for their success in completing the challenging program, adding that all of the 2012 Graduates scored in the 90th percentile in their nursing preparation exams (National Council Licensure Examination or NCLEX). He also thanked the graduates for their decision to pursue such an important career field and quoting from an anonymous source that “If love can’t cure it, nurses can”.
Technical Institute Director David Degan described the Practical Nurse program as “hard and rigorous”, demanding the very best of students as they learned, absorbed and applied knowledge and skills. As informed and effective nurses on the front line, they will do the majority of assessing, communicating, caring and treatment for patient comfort, safety and well-being. Confident of their continued success in passing their boards, securing gainful employment and continued learning, Mr. Degan encouraged graduates to continue to strive for opportunities that will challenge them both as individuals and professionals. He concluded by wishing them good luck and future success.
School Committee Vice Chairman Michael Pietrowski addressed graduates and recognized fellow school committee members. A recent hospital patient himself, he acknowledged the role nurses play in patient recovery by their compassion and a good listening ear. He concluded with congratulations for a job well done, and the advice of former President Franklin Roosevelt that “things in life will not always run smoothly. Sometimes we will be rising toward the heights, then all will seem to reverse itself and start downward”, but the trend itself is forever upward.
Leanne Venuti spoke on behalf of fellow students who have the same goal: to graduate and become a nurse. She began with a humorous look at a patient experience and how her instructors helped her through challenges. Ms Venuti sees making a difference in the lives of patients as a career to be proud of, worth all the study and pushing oneself every night of the week. There is so much to learn from every experience, and the gratification in helping patients can’t be replaced. She thanked Mr. Degan, Ms Pepin, Rhonda, Jenni Gallant and Ms Illsley, all instructors and fellow graduates for their support.
Guest Speaker Kendall McDermott, Practical Nurse Program Alumni and Pediatric nurse at the Brockton Neighborhood Health Center presented a nostalgic and humorous view of her time at STI. She congratulated the Class of 2012 for having completed their clinical and study hours and moving from students to confident nurses, some of which will welcome new life, and others who will comfort patients during their last breath. Ms McDermott gained skills and confidence at STI, and looks forward to seeing the graduates as fellow nurse colleagues.
The ceremony continued with the capping and pinning of students by nursing instructors. Prepared expressions of each student’s thoughts and feelings were narrated as he or she crossed the stage. Immediately following the capping, diplomas and a red rose were presented to each graduate by Mr. Michael Pietrowski and Mr. Luis Lopes.
Graduates of the STI Class of 2012 Practical Nurse Program include the following, listed by community:
Attleboro: Nikki Aleman, Robyn Lewis
Brockton: Crystal Asiwe, Patricia Augustin, Tanya Bassett, Megan Broderick, Erica Garland, Clarissa Gorrie-President, Kristina Phillips (Recipient the Clinical Award for Excellence), Carrie Murphy, Leeanne Venuti, Mystique Watson
East Bridgewater: Kimberlee Lemoine, Janet Miller, Laurie Talpey (Graduated with Honors)
Fall River: Heather Robinson
Foxboro: BriAnne Thomas, Justin Thomas, Kaitlynn Warner
Hanover: Amanda Napolitan
Mansfield: Megan Gurney (Graduated with Honors)
New Bedford: Alexandra Amores
Norton: Janelle Weir, Lynda Williams, Corin Jackson
Plymouth: Crystal O'Brien (Recipient of both the Clinical Award for Excellence and the Federation of Teachers Scholarship)
Randolph: Tilan Ford Raynham: Elizabeth Feterowski
Rockland: Rebecca Mellen
Stoughton: Lisa D'Andrea
Whitman: Jennifer Farr
The Southeastern Technical Institute is a public post-secondary school located in Easton, Massachusetts. STI has an enrollment of approximately 130 students in its four accredited programs. In addition, STI offers over forty continuing education courses and programs. Enrollment at The Southeastern Technical Institute is available to all interested candidates that meet the program criteria