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Nashville and Madison Campus Graduates Celebrate Their Success

Jun 16, 2015

On May 16, the day the Nashville and Madison Campus graduates had long anticipated finally arrived, as they gathered with family and friends at Madison Church of Christ for their commencement ceremony.

As she began her commencement address, Councilwoman Karen Johnson, commended the graduates on their achievements and explained that, like many of them, she earned her degree while working full time and raising a family. “I’ve been where you are, and I know how important this day is for each of you,” she said.

“This is a major accomplishment in my life.”

Councilwoman Johnson, who began her career as a recruiter for Shoney’s and later worked for HCA Healthcare before seeking public office, urged the graduates to pursue their passion and purpose in life to find personal fulfillment and success. “When I share that I overcame adversity, but still worked to do good for others, most especially in the community, I’m really a testimony that you can persevere,” she stated. “Your education, your degree, your purpose, and your life should be one with a lasting and positive impact on you, your family, and others.”

Later in the ceremony, several of the top graduates were recognized for their achievements and presented with awards:  Nikko White and Suzanne Elizabeth Foster—Achievement Award; Laketa McFadden and Catherine Moore El—Leadership Award; Kehaunani Hubbard and Shariata Renae Carey—E. M. Coulter Award; Nickolas Allen Worch—M.A. Smythe Award; John York and Amelia Rutherford—Mary P. McGurn Award; Karen Angeline Hunt and Theresa McCoy—Joseph E. Hurn Award; and Nina Daniels and Lisa Snyder—Alumni Hall of Achievement Award.

As Nashville Campus graduate Kelly Patterson celebrated her achievements with her classmates, she shared that she has already landed a job working as a registered medical assistant (RMA) at Vanderbilt Medical Center. “I feel wonderful. This is a major accomplishment in my life,” she said. “I love my job. It’s the best decision that I ever made.”

A- Commencement speaker, Councilwoman Karen Johnson, urged the graduates to use their degrees to positively impact their lives and others.

B- (Left to right) Nashville Campus graduates Jessica Salinas, John York, and Kelly Patterson celebrated earning their degrees after supporting one another throughout their medical programs.

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