Oakton Recognizes 32 Nursing Graduates at Pinning Ceremony

(Dec. 18, 2019) Thirty-two students completed Oakton Community College’s nursing program this fall, and are now on their way to beginning rewarding careers in the health care industry. Oakton recognized the fall 2019 nursing graduates at a pinning ceremony Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Des Plaines campus.

“Congratulations to the Class of 2019,” Nursing Chair Margaret Gas says. “This class was very supportive of each other and also provided tutoring and mentoring to other nursing students. We wish our nursing graduates the best of luck in their future endeavors.”

The complete of graduates includes:

Stephanie Allegretti, Glenbrook North
Justine Barquez, Niles West
Olivia Bellair, Glenbrook South
Bailey Brzezowski, Maine West
Siobhan Davis, Niles North
Alexandra Franzese, Glenbrook North
Flynn Gallagher, Glenbrook North
Elizabeth Gilioli, Italy
Brigid Godley, Maine South
Olivia Hanusiak, Niles West
Jeanne Hontiveros, Niles West
Ivana Ivezic, Niles West
Liam Kirby, Niles North
Audrey Lee, Glenbrook South
Linda Lee, Niles North
Cristina Martinez, Resurrection

Gulzat Matkurbanova
Shawna Ng, Woodland Hills High School (Pa.)
Maude Pacis, Sharyland High School (Texas)
Andrew Petkofski, Maine South
Mary Pius, Whitney Young
Rashik Rashid, Bangledesh
Dedra Roberts, Windsor Forest High School (Ga.)
Raanan Simand, Niles West
Catherine Tabin, Maine South
Mary Talbot
Sarah Tetzlaff, New Trier
Gina Valerugo, Resurrection
Adelina Varga, Niles West
Roseanne Villafania, Maine East
Asia Weil, Mongolia
Moe Weiner, New Trier

Barquez, Gallagher, Audrey Lee and Pius graduated with honors, earning a GPA between 3.5 and 3.74 in their collegiate studies.

Since 1984, more than 2,400 students have received an Associate of Applied Science-Nursing credential from Oakton. Instructional classes and labs feature a state-of-the-art nursing simulation hospital and nursing classrooms. Students enrich their learning through the clinical experiences offered in a variety of health care settings throughout the community.

Over the last five years, Oakton has averaged a first-time pass rate of approximately 92% on the NCLEX, the national licensure exam for nurses. In 2018, that passing rate reached an all-time high of 99%.

Of the approximately 100 Illinois Board of Nursing approved schools that offer an associate degree in nursing, Oakton ranks No. 5 and lands as the top-ranked such program in Cook County according to NursingProcess.org, a website that provides access to nursing education and career information.

Nurses are in high demand, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Jobs for registered nurses are expected to grow faster than average through 2026, with a median salary of more than $68,000 per year.

Oakton’s nursing program is approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Nursing is a limited enrollment program, and applications for fall 2020 are being accepted through Friday, Jan. 31. Admission requirements are posted at www.oakton.edu/academics/academic_departments/nur/admission_requirements.