Saddleback College Recognizes 50 Nursing Graduates at Pinning Ceremony

For Immediate Release: 
May 7, 2019

The Saddleback College Nursing Program honored 50 graduating nursing students in a symbolic candle lighting and pinning ceremony held on Tuesday, May 7 in the McKinney Theatre. Each graduate received a time-honored pin, which serves as a symbol of a nurse’s service to others and their induction into the nursing profession.

Dr. Barbara Huggins, Nursing Program Director, welcomed the graduating students, their family members and friends, members of the South Orange County Community College Board of Trustees, district and college administrators, faculty members, and staff. A “Remember When” speech was delivered by graduating students Omar Espinoza and Louise Hobbs. Professor Christina Bowles presented the spring 2019 graduating class.

Graduates received a symbolic pin from Professors Lindsay Kapp and Phillis Kucharski. Graduating student Diana Riggs presented the farewell address to her fellow classmates, and Elaria Wong read the class pledge. Graduate Lisa Kline read a message while Professors Patricia McGinley and Loretta Niccola took part in the lighting of the candles, symbolizing the “passing of the flame” from Florence Nightingale to each nurse. Dr. Diane Pestolesi will present acknowledgments and along with graduate Jaime Green, will bid farewell to the class.

The Graduating Class of Spring 2019 includes:

  1. Kathryn Au
  2. Claudia Barua
  3. Cinda Be
  4. Carissa Brightly
  5. Veronica Charley
  6. Wonsun Choi
  7. Christine Connolly
  8. Nicole Crosby
  9. Darlene Rupa Cruz
  10. Hilary Dorman
  11. Jasmine Dougherty
  12. Omar Espinosa
  13. Natalie Freitas
  14. Valerie Gravesen
  15. Jaime Green
  16. Jeremiah Guliuzza
  17. Jean Hobbs
  18. Glenn Hutchinson
  19. Michael James
  20. Nicole Johnson
  21. Lisa Kline
  22. Allie Kuznia
  23. Elaine Le
  24. Hai Le
  25. Yuhsuan Lin
  26. Emmy Lombard
  27. Christine Maalouf
  28. Krystal McKellar
  29. Naoko Miller
  30. Amanda Montes
  31. Melissa Montoya
  32. Becky Moodie
  33. Samantha Neinstadt
  34. Nicole Newman
  35. Hannah Ng
  36. Samantha Orel
  37. Eri Oyama
  38. Shawdi Rahbar
  39. Namhee Rhee
  40. Diana Riggs
  41. Sandra Rodriguez
  42. Emily Roulson
  43. Karissa Sisola
  44. Hannah Smith
  45. Jarett Smith
  46. Heather Stegall
  47. Shivani Tailor
  48. Dianne Tanger
  49. Jennifer Williams
  50. Elaria Wong

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