On Friday, June 10, 2011, the JCHS Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) Program graduated its first class as part of the College.
The MLS Commencement ceremony was held in the sixth floor auditorium at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, which was filled with family, friends and colleagues from JCHS.
Eight MLS students received their certificates and pins during the exercise.
The ceremony kicked off with an introduction by Associate Program Director Laura Link, followed by a welcome from the President of Jefferson College of Health Sciences, Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop.
Laura Link then personally introduced each graduate with a humorous reflection. She's pictured here with MLS grad Jessica McCallum.
Laura provided lots of insight into the MLS curriculum and funny anecdotes about the time her students spent in the program.
The first award of the day was presented to Jessica Noelle Culbertson, the MLS class Valedictorian.
Next, were the Clinical Rotation Awards. The first award for Blood Bank was presented by Susan M. Dewberry from Carilion Clinic to MLS grad Jessica Adams.
The Clinical Rotation Award for Phlebotomy was presented by Carilion Clinic's Pamela Brown to MLS graduate Blair Gillespie.
MLS grad Jessica Adams accepted the Clinical Rotation Award in Specials from Carilion's Dianne Toler.
Carilion Clinic's Dale E. Grgurich presented the Clinical Rotation Award for Microbiology to MLS grad Laurie Sample.
And finally, the Clinical Rotation Award for Automation went to Jessica Adams, and was presented to her by Carilion Clinic's Miriam Chapman.
Next was the presentation of certificates. First up was Jessica Leah Adams.
Tisha Marie Carper.
Jessica Noelle Culbertson.
Blair Basden Gillespie.
Jessica Ann McCallum.
Andrew Tyler Poole.
Laurie Beth Sample.
Aaron Michael Wolfe.
MLS graduates Blair Gillespie and Jessica Culbertson react with a chuckle as Laura entertained the crowd with stories about her students.
After the presentation of certificates, the graduates recited the professional oath. All of the lab professionals in the crowd were also invited to participate.
Then, the inaugural class of Medical Laboratory Science graduates from Jefferson College of Health Sciences moved their tassels to indicate their graduation.
After the Commencement ceremony, Laura Link and President Bishop greeted Anne Looney, one of the first graduates to ever complete the Clinical Laboratory Science Program (now the JCHS Medical Laboratory Science Program). Ms. Looney graduated in 1954!
Congratulations to the 2011 JCHS Medical Laboratory Science Program graduates. All of your hard work and dedication has paid off! Have a piece of cake and come back to visit us often!