Surgical Technology, Sterile Processing programs host pinning ceremonies

May 7, 2021 Rich Rezler

Surgical Technology and Sterile Processing pinning
The Sterile Processing and Surgical Technology programs held a combined, socially-distanced pinning ceremony at Towsley Auditorium on Friday, May 7. (Photo by J.D. Scott)


Thanks to its small class sizes, the Washtenaw Community College Surgical Technology and Sterile Processing programs were able to hold in-person pinning ceremonies on Friday, May 7.

The programs’ combined 26 graduates were socially distanced across Towsley Auditorium while friends and family watched a live stream of the event from home.

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Of course, it’s not the first time the ongoing pandemic has altered the graduates’ plans. Students in both of the Health Science Department programs faced the challenge of having face-to-face instruction cut in half. Lectures were conducted via Zoom while in-person lab instruction was staggered so all students would benefit equally.

“Many people don’t know, or understand, how much information these students must know to pass their National Certification Board Exam,” said program faculty member Kathryn Hernandez. “Many surgeons don’t even know how much their Surgical Technologists and Sterile Processors need to know before working their newfound careers. I am so proud of them. They have all come a long way and have worked very hard to get to this point.”

Graduates of the Surgical Technology program include:

  • Taylor Adams
  • Hannah Davis
  • Shelby Kirchoff
  • Brooke Kuehn
  • Christopher Patterson
  • Jessie Piette
  • Sara Shechter
  • Kristen N. Snyder
  • Aubrey Verner
  • Madeline C. Winters

Graduates of the Sterile Processing program include:

  • Maria Acuna Salas
  • Autumn Anglin
  • Lauren Boettger
  • Melissa Crowley
  • Jazmin Dock
  • William Engelhuber
  • Hussein Gelani
  • Kristen Henning- Guinn
  • Keaton Jackson
  • Amanda Lemasters
  • Sarah Perkins
  • Pape Sambe
  • Hailey Sieg
  • Khoa Tran
  • Emily Vonberge
  • Billie-Jean Watkins


Graduate at pinning ceremony

Tags: Class of 2021, Graduation, Health Sciences, Sterile Processing, Surgical Technology, ousearch_News_2021

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