Friends and family gathered on December 7 to congratulate 23 new licensed practical nurses (LPNs) on their graduation from the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) Practical Nursing Program (PNP).
The graduates were composed of full-time students from the Downingtown program.
The ceremony began with Mr. Frank McKnight, the principal at the Technical College High School (TCHS) Brandywine Campus, welcoming and congratulating the graduates on their achievements.
The full-time cohort is the 121st class to graduate from the Downingtown program.
The Practical Nursing Program’s director, Nancy Haughton, presented the graduates, including the Downingtown cohort valedictorian Lauren Kolachny and salutatorian Lei Li.
Downingtown’s class president Ulonda Brazzle lead the class in the Practical Nursing Pledge and then introduced the guest speaker, Kimberly Ratcliff, BSN, RN who is the Director of Nursing at Wellington at Hershey’s Mill. In her remarks, Ratcliff discussed that the sense of service that drew the PNP graduates would serve them well as leaders. She called for the graduates to be servant leaders in the organizations they will go on to serve to help improve patient care and uphold the high standards they learned in PNP.
Following Ratcliff’s remarks, seven students were inducted into the National Association of Licensed Practical Nurses, Inc. Honor Society.