Cecil College students earn Nursing degrees

Published on June 28, 2021


NORTH EAST, Md. – Cecil College’s School of Nursing honored the Class of 2021 with a virtual pinning ceremony earlier this spring.

“Our nursing program is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Our graduates continue to distinguish our program with their accomplishments in their roles as clinicians, educators, and through contributions to nursing research. We are honored to educate and train future nurses for our community,” said Cecil College’s Dean of Health and Human Sciences, Dr. Nancy Norman-Marzella, in the opening remarks.

The faculty and staff joined friends and family of the 43 students who have spent years preparing to reach this milestone.

“Our journey hasn’t been easy. Surviving nursing school is hard, but doing it amid a pandemic is even harder. Many of you worked full-time throughout the program, while others have homeschooled your children who were no longer able to go to school due to the pandemic. Some of you got engaged or married, while others had babies. Some of you suffered the unimaginable loss of loved ones. I am in awe of each of you. Your perseverance, tenacity, and sheer moxie are unrelenting. You should feel a tremendous sense of pride and accomplishment today,” said Cecil College nursing graduate Anita Reed.

Reed went on to honor the family and friends who provided the support and care for these students to realize their dreams.

The Class of 2021 includes:

Name Hometown
Brittany Andrews Abingdon, MD
Morgan Mitchell Bear, DE
Brooke Wood Charlestown, MD
Erin Coulter Chesapeake City, MD
Emilee Woodall Chesapeake City, MD
Danielle Ewing Colora, MD
Elissa Balla Elkton, MD
Brooke Bare Elkton, MD
Julia Bradshaw Elkton, MD
Amy Dunlap Elkton, MD
Sarah Funk Elkton, MD
Brent Gillis Elkton, MD
Gina Handley Elkton, MD
Paige Holmes Elkton, MD
Cheyanne Johnson Elkton, MD
Autumn Lightner Elkton, MD
Thomas Logan Elkton, MD
Wileen Miller Elkton, MD
Kirsten Pannell Elkton, MD
Christine Piazza Elkton, MD
Lauren-Elizabeth Rakes Elkton, MD
Anita Reed Elkton, MD
Jamie Rhudy Elkton, MD
Mallory Sharpless Elkton, MD
Jessica Spleen Elkton, MD
Michaela Stacy Elkton, MD
Autumn Taylor Elkton, MD
Brooke Askew Forest Hill, MD
Shannon Lanzetta Havre de Grace, MD
Hannah Larsen Havre de Grace, MD
Jessica Witt New Castle, DE
Carina Miller Newark, DE
Melissa Carr North East, MD
Stephanie Jackson North East, MD
Alix Vander Wiele Perryville, MD
Terri Smith Port Deposit, MD
Kimberly Brown Rising Sun, MD
Katherine Fortney Rising Sun, MD
Katelynn McQuerrey Rising Sun, MD
Cori Newell Rising Sun, MD
Kallie Shore Rising Sun, MD
Lauren Clipper Street, MD
Ashley Rios West Grove, PA

To view the full Nursing Pinning Ceremony, visit the Cecil College YouTube channel.