First Piedmont Athens Nursing School graduatesPiedmont graduates first Athens nursing class


After two years of study, 22 student nurses at Piedmont College in Athens received their graduation pins in a special ceremony at the Prince Avenue campus July 24. The group included 19 students who were the first to earn nursing degrees from the college's Athens campus.

Dr. Linda Scott, Dean of Piedmont's Daniel School of Nursing, presented each new graduate with a pin bearing the School of Nursing seal.

Piedmont opened its school of Nursing in Demorest in 1999, and the Georgia Board of Nursing approved the program in Athens in 2011. Both campuses offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree with tracks for first-time nurses and those holding LPN and RN degrees. This fall the college will begin a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program at both campuses.

whitaker-kf4m3637-loGraduates earning the BSN degree include from Athens: Brad M. Bulla, Sheri Beasley Fields, Amanda Montavani Kovach, Jennifer Caitlin Morris, Jennifer Jackson Redmond, Lindsay Elizabeth Lowery Rossetti, and Tiny Shanee Stephens. Also earning pins were Pattie F. Bray of Cornelia (Demorest campus), Elizabeth Lynn Burns of Gainesville, Marla Ann Farrell of Hull, Hallie LeAnn Gilleland of Mt. Airy (Demorest campus), Kelly Maureen Maller of Lawrenceville, Jessica LaRay Pardue of Dahlonega, Taylor Marie Satterfield of Nicholson, Jessica Lynn Snodgrass of Bogart, Elizabeth Anna Stapleton of Statham, Mireille P. Sterling of Lawrenceville, Sarah Elizabeth Stuckey of Madison, Macy Anna Thompson of Watkinsville, Ashlie Elizabeth Wheelrer of Statham, Brandy Michelle Whitaker of Franklin Springs, and Christa Rae Wilson of Nicholson.