Saddleback College to Recognize 59 Nursing Graduates at Pinning Ceremony

For Immediate Release: 
November 28, 2016
The Saddleback College nursing program will honor 59 graduating nursing students in a symbolic candle lighting and pinning ceremony to be held on Monday, December 5th at 7:00 pm in the McKinney Theatre. Each graduate will receive a time-honored pin, a symbol of a nurse’s service to others, and their induction into the nursing profession. 

Dr. Diane Pestolesi, 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 class remembrance speech will be delivered by graduating students Jeff Hennig and Don Johnson. Professor Christina Bowles will then present the fall 2016 graduating class.
Each graduate will receive a symbolic pin from Professors Jodi Caggiano and Carrie Danko. The class pledge will be read by graduate Hillary Nelson. Graduate Autum Estrada 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. 

Acknowledgments of a class gift will be presented by graduating student Jenna Sherman, on behalf of the class of fall 2016. Dr. Pestolesi will formally bid farewell to the class. 

The graduating class of fall 2016 includes:

(All listed in alphabetical order)  
1.    Rowena Adams - Mission Viejo
2.    Yvette Barbari - Rancho Santa Margarita
3.    Tali Bard - Mission Viejo
4.    Neshat Bazilius - Palos Verdes
5.    Dino Beltran - Trabuco Canyon
6.    Jamie Bentley - San Clemente
7.    Stephanie Bierich - Mission Viejo
8.    Felicia Birney - Rancho Santa Margarita
9.    Ella Bledsoe - Laguna Niguel
10.    Ashlee Brock - San Clemente
11.    Mason Champieux - Laguna Hills
12.    Tessa Cicchella - Irvine
13.    Andrea Clark-Nemeth - Rancho Santa Margarita
14.    Ryan Deffebach - Lake Forest
15.    Wanda DeQuardo - Laguna Niguel
16.    Autum Estrada - Mission Viejo
17.    Mary Franke - Rancho Santa Margarita
18.    Chad Furman - Costa Mesa
19.    Elizabeth Galvez - Newport Beach
20.    Megan Gold - Rancho Santa Margarita
21.    Diane Goodpaster - Ladera Ranch
22.    Brittany Griffith - Rancho Santa Margarita
23.    Jack Guenard - Irvine
24.    Debbie Harrop - Aliso Viejo
25.    Leah Hause - Mission Viejo
26.    Jeff Hennig - Laguna Niguel
27.    Vergel Herrera - San Diego
28.    Noorali Hirani - Irvine 
29.    Kyler Holder - Huntington Beach
30.    Whitney Hollifield - Oceanside
31.    Roxana Houshmandrad - Aliso Viejo
32.    Ilona Islamova - Aliso Viejo
33.    Andrea Jensen - Rancho Santa Margarita
34.    Donald Johnson - Laguna Niguel
35.    Kyle Kelly - Laguna Niguel
36.    Marine Kerdiles - Irvine
37.    Christina Knapp - Mission Viejo
38.    Katherine Kuhlman - Foothill Ranch
39.    Lauren Lowe - Anaheim
40.    Baru Mansoory - Laguna Niguel 
41.    Ashley Martin - Huntington Beach
42.    Alison May - Mission Viejo
43.    Nicole McCord - Newport Beach
44.    Sara Muniz - Lake Elsinore
45.    Hillary Nelson - Mission Viejo
46.    Linda Nguyen - Westminster
47.    Danielle Palas - San Clemente
48.    Jessica Ricci - Aliso Viejo
49.    Richard Samedra - Fullerton
50.    Jenna Sherman - Mission Viejo
51.    Stephanie Stangl - Costa Mesa
52.    Perla Tang - Mission Viejo
53.    Vanessa Velasquez - Lake Forest
54.    Kristinne Vicencio - San Diego
55.    Shelly Vincent - Mission Viejo
56.    Dana Weiss - San Clemente
57.    Teresa Wendland - Rancho Santa Margarita
58.    Matthew Zebrowski - Newport Beach
59.    Alexandra Zimmerman - Ladera Ranch 

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