Butler’s Nursing Program Celebrates Graduates and 50th Anniversary
Butler honors its 2016-17 nursing graduates during the 50th annual nurses pinning.
Butler Community College celebrated the graduation of 63 nurses from Butler’s nursing program with an annual nurses pinning event on May 11, which happened to fall during National Nursing Week. This is the nursing program’s 50th anniversary.
“You are part of an historic event,” said Anita Mills, Dean of Health, Education and Public Service. “Let us honor and pay homage to those who came before.”
Mills told the graduates and their families that the nursing program is as strong as it is today because of the many faculty, students and administrators who have gone before them. Like so many nursing students throughout the past 50 years, she told this class, they were high achievers, compassionate and determined.
“It takes a very special person to join the ranks of the nursing profession,” said Kimberly Krull, Ph.D., President of Butler.
Tonika Bruce of El Dorado, the student president of the nursing class, rallied the crowd when she told them that amongst the 63 nursing students, which includes 19 male students and two sets of twins, they have 67 children and six grandchildren. Coming from 17 states and 10 countries, these graduates are also in the midst of planning nine weddings.
“Our class set out to change the world,” Bruce said. “Let’s do it. Everyone deserves our best.”
Butler’s 2017 nursing graduates include:
Pedro Ibarra Jr.
The quality of instruction has earned Butler’s nursing program wide respect in the region. Butler Community College’s nursing program is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the Kansas State Board of Regents.