Penn State Berks to graduate 18 from practical nursing program this fall

Written by Lisa R. Baldi, Director of Strategic Communications at Penn State Berks.

Eighteen new Penn State Berks practical nursing program graduates will cross the stage during the Penn State Berks fall commencement on Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Santander Arena. The students earned their certificates in practical nursing and are eligible for the National Council Licensure Examination-Practical Nurse, or NCLEX-PN. 

Students began the 18-month program in August 2022. Along with their studies in the classroom, they also gained hands-on clinical experience with community partnerships in the greater Berks County area.

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Graduates include: Hayle Bainbridge, Amanda Brettman, Alexandra Carpousis, Mamadou Diallo, Brittany Eisenberg, LaTasha Ellison, Michelle Geztfread, Yarilyn Helena, Breanna Landis, Chenise Morel, Isis Pichardo, Jaylynn Rivera, Jamie Seip, Nicole Straka, Auden Taylor, Karren Wenrich, Emiley Witman, and Rachel Wollyung. Several graduating class members have been recognized for their achievements. The awards and winners include: 

Excellence in Clinical Practice: Presented to the nursing student who best displays a high regard for clinical care and clinical aptitude. This award was presented to Mamadou Diallo.

Academic Achievement Award: Presented to the student with the highest grade-point average throughout the program. This award was presented to Jamie Seip. 

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Continuing Education Award: Presented to the student(s) who embodies the spirit, commitment and dedication to higher education.  This award was presented to LaTasha Ellison and Chenise Morel.

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