NEWARK, Ohio, May 11, 2020 — Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) recognized the spring semester 2020 graduates of diagnostic medical sonography, radiologic science and nursing technologies in virtual pinning ceremonies and celebrations.* The 76 students in associate degree nursing were conferred degrees early on April 21 and received temporary nursing licenses permitted through HB 197.
Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography Technology
Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Science Technology
Radiologic science technology graduates celebrate together online.
Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Technology
Cheryl Cavallo Nabb
The Outstanding Graduate Award was given to Tara Timsina of Reynoldsburg. Emma Greeler of Pleasantville received the Clinical Excellence Award.
Elizabeth Barnhart Award for Nursing Excellence
The Barnhart Award honors a graduating student who exemplifies the highest ideals of the nursing profession: intelligence, commitment, sacrifice, integrity and a compassionate connection to others. Recipients receive a certificate and a $300 cash stipend to help defray the cost of equipment and career-related fees, including testing and licensure. The inaugural award was presented in May 2018.The Elizabeth Barnhart Award for Nursing Excellence was presented to Olivia Rhynehardt of Columbus. She received praise from faculty saying, "[Rhynehardt has] shown great courage and determination to improve her life by first attaining her LPN license and now, her RN," as well as fellow students who added, "There were times that I felt overwhelmed by all the information and classwork that I wanted to give up, but her words of advice and that of others, kept me up on my feet and moving forward."
Barnhart, a young registered nurse who loved her profession and was passionate about helping others, was only just beginning a promising career as an emergency room nurse at Newark's Licking Memorial Hospital when she was killed on Feb. 2, 2017. A 2015 COTC graduate, Barnhart was an outstanding student and well-known to use the phrase "nurse so hard," which she used to describe the deep level of compassion and commitment needed by nurses to provide exceptional patient care.
About the Pinning Ceremony
The pinning ceremony is a long-held tradition marking the passage of student to the ranks of professional nursing. The ceremony originated in the 1860s at London's Nightingale School of Nursing. Florence Nightingale, who had recently been awarded the Red Cross of St. George for her selfless service to the injured and dying in the Crimean War, chose to extend this honor to outstanding nursing graduates by presenting each of them with a medal for excellence.
*Only graduates who have granted COTC permission to release their names to the public are listed.
†COTC has decided to recognize students who were projected to graduate spring semester, but due to the coronavirus pandemic have incomplete academic records. The COTC transcript is the only official verification of degree completion.
COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.