Practical Nursing Students Receive Pin During July 2023 Pinning Ceremony

Twenty-Six Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) Practical Nursing (PN) students were honored during the College’s July 2023 Pinning Ceremony held on the Sandersville Campus, Tuesday, July 25.

Each year OFTC holds this ceremony to symbolize the nursing students’ completion of the educational requirements needed to sit for the state board licensure examination and to welcome them into the family of nurses. 

“We’re so proud of our Practical Nursing students who have been dedicated in class and clinical to complete this demanding program,” shared Suann McNutt, PN Instructor on the Sandersville Campus. “They’ve had challenges along the way, but it hasn’t stopped their drive to achieve their goal of completing the program. We hope these students continue to grow as nurses, and we’re confident they’re equipped to provide the best care to their patients.”  

“It is always amazing to see the growth of students from the time they enter the program to when they finish,” added Kelly McAdams, PN Instructor on the Dublin Campus. “Through all the ups and downs, the times they wanted to give up and quit, these students kept going. We are proud of what these students have achieved, and we hope they are too.”  

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 graduating nurse received their pin, lit the ceremonious candle, and recited the Nightingale Pledge in honor of Florence Nightingale. 

Graduating nurses from the Sandersville Campus

Jamekia Bloodsaw, Washington
Shantina Bloodsaw, Washington
Tiffany Boyd, Baldwin
CaNya Davis, Washington
Nakayla Frazier, Washington
Haley Frost, Washington
Lottie Grier, Baldwin
Diamond Ivey, Warren
Amber Roach, Baldwin
Melissa Soles, Washington
DeAudra Taylor, Jefferson
Ebony Tolbert, Warren

Graduating nurses from the Dublin Campus

Jossie Amerson, Laurens
Malerie Bennett, Emanuel
Raegin Christian, Telfair
Brendasia Figueroa, Telfair
Yolanda Glover-Pitts, Wilkinson
Jestavia Grady, Laurens
Amber Haley, Wilkinson
Quintesa Mclendon, Treutlen
Alyssa Reed, Laurens
Summer Ridley, Bleckley
Brianna Stevens, Laurens
Alexandria Tomlinson, Laurens
Joy Walker, Dodge
Megan Wright, Dodge

For more info on OFTC’s Practical Nursing program, visit

To view photos from the July 2023 Pinning Ceremony, visit the OFTC Facebook page.