The yearly convocation for incoming nursing students attending Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College was held Sept. 8 in the theater of Harlan County High School.
A total of 56 new students entered the program this year. Students took the Nursing Student Code of Ethics pledge before they begin their clinical experience.
Professor Scott Blanton, a graduate of the Southeast program and a full-time nursing faculty member, was the keynote speaker. He spoke about ethics, integrity and character, which he says are all needed to become a professional registered nurse.
College president, Dr. Lynn Moore, welcomed the new class and their families. Kathy Guyn, director of the program along with her faculty, gave the students their charge.
Balloons were released to celebrate the program’s top ranking in the state among community colleges by the Nurse Journal. The journal also ranked the program in the top 10 percent in the eastern region of the United States for all colleges and universities, and in the top five percent for all community colleges in the same region.
The program is celebrating its continuing accreditation until 2023 by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.