Inaugural summer graduation at MGCCC

MGCCC hosted their pinning ceremony for the school of nursing and health professions as well as commencement ceremonies inside the Immersive Media Performing Arts Center today.

Around 40 graduates from health care assistant, medical assisting technology, and practical nursing programs participated in the pinning.

The keynote speaker at the ceremony was Dr. Casey Elkins, who is a 2006 MGCCC graduate and a board-certified family nurse practitioner and clinical lipid specialist who serves as an associate professor at the University of South Alabama.

Due to COVID restrictions, guests had to have a ticket to enter the commencement ceremony and masks were mandatory for everyone attending the event.

School officials tell News 25 the students are prepared to step in and make a difference. School of Nursing and Health Professions Associate VP Joan Hendrix said, “With these times now, COVID and all of the things that are going along with COVID for the last year and a half, we are just excited that we are able to help our local clinical and community facilities to staff confident and caring and qualified health care providers. So, we are just grateful that our students, we were able to retain them that they were able to successful complete the program and they are eager to start the job market.”

MGCCC split the main commencement ceremonies up this year. One ceremony was held at 2:30 p.m. and the other ceremony will be held at 7 p.m.

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