Saddleback College to Recognize 52 Nursing Graduates at Pinning Ceremony

For Immediate Release: 
November 28, 2018

Mission Viejo, CA – The Saddleback College Nursing Program will honor 52 graduating nursing students in a symbolic candle lighting and pinning ceremony to be held on Monday, December 3 at 7:00 pm in the McKinney Theatre. Each graduate will receive a time-honored pin, which serves as a symbol of a nurse’s service to others and their induction into the nursing profession.

Dr. Esther Gravis, Nursing Program Director, will welcome the graduating students, their family members and friends, dignitaries from the South Orange County Community College Board of Trustees and the Chancellor’s Office, college administrators, faculty members, and staff. A “Remember When” speech will be delivered by graduating students Alexander Abarca and Kaitlyn Havlena. Professor Christina Bowles will then present the fall 2018 graduating class.

Graduates will receive a symbolic pin from Professors Carolyn Danko and Jodi Caggiano. Graduating students Christian Alfaro and Charlotte Tucker will present the farewell address to their fellow classmates, and Brendon Lane will read the class pledge. Graduate Janine Hooper will read a message while Professors Phillis Kucharski and Candy Nelson take part in the lighting of the candles, symbolizing the “passing of the flame” from Florence Nightingale to each nurse. Dr. Gravis will present acknowledgments and a farewell to the class.

The Graduating Class of Fall 2018 includes:

1. Alexander Abarca - Irvine

2. Christian Alfaro - San Juan Capistrano

3. Taylor Barcellano -  Lake Forest

4. Amy Basey - San Clemente

5. Patricia Nina Bernardino - Mission Viejo

6. Shelby Cerecedes -  Mission Viejo

7. Francis Doody - Fountain Valley

8. Amy Eley - Mission Viejo

9. Kelly Elste - Irvine

10. Rocio Florentino - Mission Viejo

11. Sabrina Garcia - Irvine

12. Kaitlyn Havlena  - Dana Point

13. Heather Herrman - Aliso Viejo

14. Janine Hooper - Lake Forest

15. Jonathan Jara - Rancho Mission Viejo

16. Eritrea Kiflu - Capistrano Beach

17. Pimjit Korsuwandee - Mission Viejo

18. Brendon Lane - Aliso Viejo

19. Julie Lopez - Rancho Santa Margarita

20. Vy Ly - Garden Grove

21. Kristen Lynch - Costa Mesa

22. Mary McCann - Trabuco Canyon

23. Brenda Mendoza - San Clemente

24. Nhu Nguyen - Santa Ana

25. Joy Paff - Irvine

26. Brian Park -  Mission Viejo

27. Ami Patel - Mission Viejo

28. Poonum Patel -  Yorba Linda

29. Aaron Pavao - Laguna Beach

30. Austin Quach -  Mission Viejo

31. Savanna Ramirez - Rancho Santa Margarita

32. Michael Roche' - Lake Forest

33. Reyna Salgado -  San Juan Capistrano

34. Arianne Schuurs - Mission Viejo

35. Jennifer Seibert - Mission Viejo

36. Jahangir Seraj - Irvine

37. Krunal Shah - Rancho Santa Margarita

38. Alexander Stolinski - Laguna Niguel

39. Sarah Taylor -  Costa Mesa

40. Kayla Thies - Mission Viejo

41. Mallory Tomaszewski -  Huntington Beach

42. Vinh Kevin Tran - Anaheim

43. Christina Trinh - Irvine

44. Christine Tu - El Monte

45. Charlotte Tucker - Laguna Niguel

46. Tiffany Tufenkjian - Mission Viejo

47. Nicole Uzelac - Laguna Niguel

48. Megan Von Zup - Rancho Santa Margarita

49. Nakib Wasefi - Irvine

50. Marie Won - Irvine

51. Lauren Wong - Artesia

52. Craig Wronka - Laguna Hills


Celebrating 50 years of service to our community, Saddleback College in Mission Viejo provides quality higher education and training to students in south Orange County.  Having served more than 500,000 students since 1968, Saddleback College offers more than 300 degree and certificate programs to help students reach their personal, career, and educational goals.  For more information, please visit



Published 11/28/2018