Central Wyoming College – Jackson Commencement and Nurse’s Pinning

(Jackson Hole, Wyo.) – Sunday, May 14th, there is another reason for mothers to celebrate! Twenty Central Wyoming College-Jackson students will be graduating with an associate degree or certificate. Eight students will be graduating with their high school equivalency certification.

The day will start with a Nurse’s Pinning Ceremony at 1:00 at the Center for the Arts Theater. Seven candidates will be presented with nursing pins and will be pinned by a loved one chosen by the graduates. This is a symbolic welcoming of the newly graduated nurses into the nursing profession. Cathy Beck, MSN, RN-BC, from the St. John’s Medical Center will be the guest speaker for this ceremony. Cindy Weber and Dawn Graves, RN and nursing professors, wish them the best saying, “We are very proud of this group of nursing graduates and anticipate they will soon be working within the Jackson community in a variety of health care settings. They bring enthusiasm, exposure to recent evidence-based practices, and a willingness to keep learning. They are also very glad to be done with this part of their nursing education!”

Following the Pinning Ceremony will be commencement for graduates from Central Wyoming College-Jackson and the High School Equivalency Program.

This graduating class represents the diversity of Central Wyoming College. All community college graduates come from the Jackson Hole area with an age range of 20 to 47 years. There is quite a variety of majors represented by these graduates: Culinary Arts, Nursing, Horse Science, Hotel & Restaurant Management, Entrepreneurship, Psychology, Bookkeeping, and Criminal Justice.

In this graduating class is the first year of graduates from our new Medical Assistant program. CWC Professor Kristy Jones, CMA, states, “This is a great group of students ready to work in the Jackson medical community. They will be a huge asset to our ambulatory care system; all have completed externships in clinical settings.”

The Culinary and Hotel/Restaurant Management graduates are eager to begin their careers with the Four Seasons in Teton Village, SpringHill Suites by Marriott and the Whole Grocer, to name a few. This was the first class to experience the new condensed schedule for classes held in the off-seasons allowing for two required internships in the tourist seasons. The program is designed to graduate students in December of every year but many choose to attend our spring ceremony.

This graduation is a big step towards personal long-term goals for many students. Annel Hernandez, mother of two, has been with Central Wyoming College- Jackson from High School Equivalency through her Associate Degree in Secondary Education emphasizing Spanish. Her dedication to school and graduating with High Honors, inspires her young daughters to take college courses through CWC’s concurrent enrollment when they get to high school. Annel intends to eventually finish her bachelor’s degree and teaching certification to teach in the Immersion Program for the Teton County School District.

Dr. Allen Gates, is the guest speaker for the commencement. Currently living in Montana, his passion of the importance of education has led him through a rich life including years in the army, engineering, strategy development, writing books and teaching at the University of Nevada, Reno.

The public is encouraged to join CWC Sunday, May 14th at 1:00 to celebrate the achievements of our community members who have worked hard to graduate. The Pinning and Commencement will be held at the Center for the Arts Theater.

Please contact the CWC-Jackson office if you have questions about graduation or our programs at [email protected]


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Central Wyoming College is a two-year college serving Fremont, Hot Springs and Teton Counties Our main campus is located in Riverton Wyoming and we have outreach centers in Lander, Jackson and Dubois, each designed

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