VC graduates 57 from Associate Degree Nursing Program
ADN Pinning
Mia Bakken, third from left, had the highest grade point average among the 57 Victoria College Associate Degree Nursing graduates.

Fifty-seven Victoria College Associate Degree Nursing graduates were honored at a pinning ceremony on May 11 at the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts.

Kasey Quinney received the $1,000 Bj Peterson Award for dedication, positive spirit and compassionate attitude toward all patients. Mia Bakken was recognized for having the highest grade point average. Pictured with Bakken are, from left, Catherine R. McHaney, member of the VC Board of Trustees; Dr. David Hinds, VC President; and Darla Guajardo, VC Dean of Allied Health.

Melanie Mamerow, Jessica Hartt, Jec Andrei Tanafranca and Jamey Sanchez received Student Nurses Association pins for their volunteer service with the organization.

Other graduates who received their nursing pins were Josie Alcala-Patterson, Marlena Alvarez, Diana Avalos, Annie Badmus-Ross, Jonathan Blackburn, Zachary Blundell, Kate Brewer, Valrie Brown, Vanessa Cantu, Jordan Cox, Sidney Cumberland, Staci Darilek, Kendall Doyle, Leah Doyle, Carly Durham, Alicia Flores, Alysha Fojtik, Meghan Fromme, Francis Gaytan, Kayli Garber, Destiny Garcia, Adrianna Grant, Priscilla Hadley, Shelbey Hardin, Marissa Hartfield, Marissa Holsey, Lauren Kirchoff, Kori Lanik, Melanie Mamerow, Eric Martinez, Patricia Martinez, Kati May, Jessica Medina, Alexandria Nerio, Kaysi Neuvar, Ruben Nunez, Karla Ortiz, Lorrine Perez, Sarah Perez, Jasmine Rodriguez, Yessenia Rodriguez, Natalie Salinas, Barrett Sarlls, Thea Shumbera, Amber Smolik, Michelle Villarreal, Monica Warren, Trista Welfel, Maya Wilkinson, Victoria Williams and Lauren Wood.

The nursing pins were presented by Catherine R. McHaney, member of Victoria College’s Board of Trustees.

“We’d like to all thank you for choosing a life of service to others in choosing a nursing career,” Hinds told the graduates. “It’s remarkable to see the transformation you’ve received at VC in preparation for you to move forward. You can now move forward feeling confident you have been well prepared for a new career.”

Victoria College’s ADN Program offers a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree in nursing and is fully approved by the Texas Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Successful completion of the ADN Program enables graduates to apply for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. Satisfactory achievement on the exam qualifies graduates for licensure as a registered nurse.

VC’s Associate of Applied Science degree in nursing may also be combined with the core curriculum to transfer to a four-year university.

For more information on Victoria College’s ADN Program, call (361) 572-6435 or email

Victoria College Associate Degree Nursing graduates and faculty participate in the Lighting of the Candles during the May 11 pinning ceremony at the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts.
Published: Wednesday, 14 June 2017

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