December 6, 2023

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CBC honors LVN graduates at annual Pinning and Candle Lighting Ceremony

Headline: CBC honors LVN graduates at annual Pinning and Candle Lighting Ceremony

On Wednesday, August 12 Coastal Bend College’s (CBC) Licensed Vocational Nursing (LVN) program students participated in the annual pinning and candle lighting ceremony. The ceremony took place at CBC Beeville’s Peter S. Marecek Physical Fitness Center (gymnasium).

CBC’s pinning ceremony is an annual event that signifies the completion of the student’s initial nursing education. Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, started the tradition over 150 years ago by presenting graduates of the nursing school she founded with a medal or symbolic “badge of courage.”

The medal was meant to encourage her students to faithfully serve the injured, sick and dying in challenging situations and often dangerous circumstances. Over the years, this medal evolved into a pin indicating the institution from which the nurse received their training.

As a tribute to Nightingale’s dedication and compassion, her pledge was read and each graduate carried a lamp lit by their nursing instructor demonstrating their intention to carry her ideals forward.

Julie Garcia was this year’s keynote speaker. She attended Bee County College (BCC) from 1968-69 as part of the LVN program and was part of the second graduating class. She spoke to the graduates and their guests about the nursing profession highlighting that their newly acquired profession is a gift to be cherished.

The following students were honored:


Karla A. Castillo

Amber L. Contreras

Gabriella B. Contreras

Taylor Y. Costello

Kassandra R. DeLaGarza

Cheyenne DelBosque

Ashley N. Encinia

Laura A. Encinia

Tabetha Garcia

Lucas Glew

Anaka Gonzales

Cassandra Gutierrez

Jessica Lichtenberger

Jericho Martinez

Mary A. Morey

Sylvia A. Moron

D’Anna M. Muniz

Jessika Rae Pineda

Jennifer Reed

Trisha Salinas

Amy Sanchez

Crystal Schultz

Tonya Subia

Reichley A. Tambi

Noel Valdez


Mariana Aguilar

Ashley N. Alviar

Veronica Barrientez

Siera C. Bazan

Jennifer L. Cariaga

Pebbles M. Contreras

Kelsi Duarte

Rachel Flores

Crystal Marie Garcia

Vanessa A. Garcia

Christopher Garza

Danyka Garza

Alexandra L. Guzman

Marissa Lafuente

Michelle Lafuente

Melissa E. Larson

Kenia Leal

Yolanda J. Loredo

Sharla Marie Lozano

Miguel Maldonado

Amigda Nicole Miller

Marlene D. Moreno

Veronica Morin

Gina M. Munoz

Raquel Ortiz-Guzman

Cindy Rivera-Aguilar

Melissa Rodriguez

Adrienne Stout

Marcy Torres

Monica Torres

Kindra Nichole Vannest

Jose R. Villanueva

Analie Vivance

Julie A. Wray


Alexandria Alegria

Maria Bartolazo

Kristian Beltran

Kayla Cavazos

Letisia Cortes

Nicki DeLaRosa

Brandi Dominguez

Tonia Gonzales

Angela Hack

William Hargis

Rebecca Heinaman

Bianca Hinojosa

Sarah Lira

Angie Lopez

Taylor Medrano

Georgina Mendietta

Tiffany Mendiola

America Ortiz

Roxanna Saldana

Amy Schlomach

Silviana Soto

Kristina Trevino

Monette Veccio

Sharon Weber

Amy Zuniga


Sarah Nicole Beavers

Christina Nicole Jenschke

Leia Johnson

Ashley Marie Kidd

Vanessa Lucero

Mandy Leigh Martinez

Trinda Lee Medellin

Christina Mireles

Erica Onofre

Bianca Reyna

Kayla Renee Ruiz

Adriene C. Salazar

Danielle Salazar

Denise Salazar

Sabrina Frances Sanchez

Crystal Ann Sandoval

Christa M. Scott

Alexandrea Danielle Villarreal

For more information about CBC’s Nursing Program offerings, please contact CBC’s Nursing Department at (361) 354-2768 or via email at