Three Rivers Community College Pinning Ceremony Celebrates 27 Nursing Students

Norwich, CT – On Friday, December 14, Three Rivers Community College held the fifty-second Nursing Pinning Ceremony. During the ceremony, 27 nursing students of the Class of Fall 2018 received their nursing pin, marking the completion of their nursing degree and serving as a symbol of their readiness to be compassionate professional caregivers.
Faculty and administration spoke to the students, admiring the hard work and determination that brought them to this point. Their class advisor, Assistant Professor Carol Emmerthal, congratulated them saying, “I wish you joy in providing care and comfort with compassion. Remain that active voice to the changes in healthcare and our nursing profession. I wish you a long and fulfilling career in our nursing profession, a life of growth and lifelong learning.”
Lindsay Thompson, Class Speaker, urged her classmates to “be the best that you can be, just for today, and you will be amazed at the future that you will create for yourself.” A candlelight recitation of the Nurse’s Nightingale Pledge came after the presentation of the students’ nursing pins.
The students have earned an Associate of Science in Nursing. Upon completion of a licensing examination, the graduates will have earned the credential of Registered Nurse (RN).
Three Rivers graduates’ scores on the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) are consistently above the national average, with a three-year average of over 91%. Graduates also report a 99% job placement on the last three graduate surveys.

Jillian Bellman, Chaplin
Melissa Bogue, Norwich
Erika Bourgoin, Colchester
Jaime Cleary, Quaker Hill
Marjory Coeur, New Britain
Yira Colon, Groton
Patricia Couture, Sterling
Zackery Cowan, Voluntown
Samantha David, Clinton
Deirdre Dillon, Lebanon
Sydney Dubreuil, Niantic
Alyson Dziavit, Chaplin
Vickie Han, Oakdale
Caleb Holbrook, Hebron
Melissa Keegan, Niantic
Sarah-Ann Kotecki, Griswold
Lauren Limauge, East Lyme
Valentina Matikaynen, Waterford
Claire Nortz, Salem
Kimberly Platt, Canterbury
Julia Rubin, Griswold
Sydney Schukei, North Franklin
Stephanie Stearns, Mystic
Lindsay Thompson, Brooklyn
Kerry Thornton, Gales Ferry
Michael Welch, Norwich
Kathryn Wyland, Voluntown
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Three Rivers Community College is an accessible, affordable, and culturally diverse 2-year college located in Norwich, Connecticut, with an off-campus instructional center at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton. Knowing that the educational goals of its students are as diverse as their backgrounds, Three Rivers provides a broad range of credit and non-credit liberal arts, sciences, nursing, engineering, career and technical courses.  The student population consists of more than 4,300 enrolled students each semester. To learn more about what Three Rivers has to offer, visit