Brookdale President Dr. Maureen Murphy congratulated the 34 graduates for completing two of the most rigorous training programs the college has to offer, and went on to thank the gathered friends and family members for their sacrifices and support over the last two years.
“On behalf of the board of trustees, the faculty, staff and administration here at Brookdale Community College, I would like congratulate you all and thank you for your hard work,” Murphy said.
Those sentiments were echoed by Heath Sciences Institute Dean Jayne Edman, who remarked on how far each of the graduates had come since first enrolling in their respective programs.
“It’s amazing to look at this graduating class and realize that, two short years ago, you knew little to nothing about respiratory care or radiologic technology. Today, you have proven a depth of knowledge and are ready to start your health care careers,” Edman said. “You have accomplished so much through hard work, perseverance, and with the support of people in this room.
“Tonight you receive your Brookdale pin, signifying this milestone, and also signifying that we are always linked, or pinned, to each other,” she added. “We will always be your alma mater, and we will always be proud of the work that you do… Over and over again, you have articulated your desire to be a help to this community. I hope you will always hold on to this value, and remember that you are part of a community of people who care first about others.”
Special honors were conferred to a number of outstanding graduates, including Christina Alves, who accepted the Outstanding Radiology Student award from interim program director Kathleen Taggart. Alves served as a member of the Radiological Technology Student Association, which performed a number of community service and awareness projects throughout the past two years, including a bone marrow drive in Asbury Park last summer that enlisted 75 new donors for patients in need.
Respiratory care director Carol Schedel recognized three graduates who were welcomed into the Lambda Beta National Honor Society: Daniel Lopez, Eric Wallace, and Kimberly Laborde. Laborde, who also received a Gold Star Award from her fellow students this year, remarked on the bonds that her classmates had formed throughout their two years in the program.
“We were once strangers at an orientation, united by a single goal, and now I am proud to call you all my friends,” Laborde said. “We wiped each others tears, and encouraged each others’ desires to succeed. We made sure no one was left behind. With that, we grew into one supportive family.”
Radiologic technology class speaker Jaimie Rossi shared similar feelings with her classmates, encouraging them to be proud of their significant accomplishments in such a demanding career program.
“Truth be told, this program has helped shaped us to be the best of the best,” she said. “This program has high expectations, and we have met them all. Congratulations Class of 2016. We did it.”
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