ADN Bridge Students Receive Pins During College’s 2023 Ceremony  

ADN Bridge Students, class of 2023; students were pinned during a 2023 pinning ceremony

Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) hosted a pinning ceremony for their fifth cohort of Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Bridge Program graduates, Wednesday, July 26.  

OFTC’s ADN Bridge program began in August 2018 and allows Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) and paramedics who have at least one-year in-field experience to obtain certification to become Registered Nurses (RN).  

Forty-seven ADN graduates received nursing pins, signifying their completion of the educational requirements to apply and take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).  

“I am very proud of these students,” shared Tammy Bayto, OFTC’s Dean of Academic Affairs for Allied Health and Professional Services. “Many are non-traditional students who returned to school while working and caring for their families. They have a vested interest in success, and it’s evident through their hard work and dedication throughout this program.”  

The tradition of the pinning ceremony dates to the Crusades when members of the Knight Hospitallers were honored with Maltese crosses after caring for wounded soldiers. Then in the 1860’s Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, continued the tradition when she decided all nursing students who completed nursing training deserved recognition.  

During the ceremony each student received their nursing pin, officially welcoming them into the RN family.  

Participating ADN students 

Folashade Adebambo, Houston 

Garrett Anderson, Putnam 

Kehinde Airiodion, Gwinett 

Mellie Anderson, Bleckley 

Kyla Baker, Newton 

Eric Bergeron, Oglethorpe 

Katelynn Bracewell, Laurens 

Ashton Brantley, Laurens 

Jeffery Bratcher, Jasper 

Kyle Brule, Gwinett 

Ashley Chipman, Baldwin 

Marilyn Cooper, Burke 

Jennifer Davis, Hall 

Ronnie Davis, Newton 

Michael Day, Gilmer 

Avery Evans, Hall 

Hillary Evans, Pulaski 

Linda Fields, Richmond 

Linda Forsong, Richmond 

Courtney Garnto, Bibb 

Chassidy Harper, Baldwin 

Rachel Holliday, Bibb 

Charlotte Hoskins, Newton 

Carla Irby, Glascock 

Cierra Jones, Houston 

Kayla Jones, Bleckley 

Melinda Layfield, Peach 

Kellie Loyd, Twiggs 

John Mabry, Laurens 

Mary Maka, Barrow 

David Mashburn, Forsyth 

Erica McBride, Bulloch 

Heather McNeal, Telfair 

Willie Milline, Newton 

Stacy Morris, Jenkins 

Ferrin Norwood, Franklin 

Tina-Kay Rhoden, Rockdale 

Spencer Roberts, Hall 

Regina Singleton, Toombs 

Justin Smith, Spalding 

Charles Waddy, DeKalb 

Jason Wite, Effingham 

Kierra Wallace, Bulloch 

Jasmine Watson, Laurens 

Joseph Webb, Barrow 

Nathaniel Weldon, Baldwin 

Taniesha Wilson, Baldwin 

In addition to the college’s ADN Bridge Program in Sandersville, OFTC is now offering an Associate of Science in Nursing program on the Dublin Campus, beginning January 2024. Students interested in applying for this program should take any needed core classes in order to be eligible to apply. The deadline to apply for the Spring 2024 cohort is November 1. To learn more about admissions or competitive program requirements, contact OFTC’s admissions ( or registrars office (  Learn more at