Twenty-nine Jones College Associate Degree Nursing graduates join the workforce

ELLISVILLE- Twenty-nine associate degree nursing graduates from Jones College are ready to join the workforce as they celebrated with a Pinning, Graduation and Lamp Lighting Ceremony. The transition from student to nurse has been especially challenging for this group of nursing graduates said Associate Degree Program Director, Mike Cummings. The constant adjustments made to comply with COVID-19 restrictions during the past two years have prepared these nurses for the “real world” of nursing.

“This class had to endure many more difficult situations, constantly adjusting. We here at Jones understand the value of the support from friends and family because, without it, it would have been more even difficult for these graduates to succeed,” said Cummings. “We’ve thrown a lot to the faculty and students but their resolve to adapt has been exceptional. They worked hard when things got tough and succeeded. Well done and great job!”

Jones College President, Dr. Jesse Smith told the audience of friends and family at the Nurse Pinning Ceremony that the ability to be adaptable during an unprecedented pandemic is admirable. He continued praising the 2021 class of Associate Degree Nurses for choosing a noble profession.

“There’s no greater profession than nursing because it impacts lives, many lives. Everyone has been impacted at some point in your life by a nurse and if not, you will be. We expect great things from you,” continued Smith. “You’ll see so many emotions and you’ll enrich some many lives like you’ve never imagined.”

Several students willingly choose to serve their class as officers. Germecca Bolton of Laurel-President, Courtney Boothe of Heidelberg-Vice President, Bobbi Gamble of Petal-Treasurer, Anna Grace King of Ellisville-Secretary, Breanna Boyles of Brookhaven-Chaplain, and Abby Lillie of Raleigh-Activities. Additionally, five students were selected to join the honor society for associate degree nursing students, Alpha Delta Nu. The following students have maintained a “B” average every semester and were inducted into the Alpha Delta Nu Honor Society for the Fall 2021 graduating class: Jamie Parker of Stringer, Bobbi Gamble of Petal, Alexander Ducksworth of Petal, Abby Lillie of Raleigh, and Courtney Boothe of Heidelberg.

The nursing school tradition, the Lighting of the Lamp concluded the special Pinning and Graduation Ceremony. This ceremony is a symbol of the passing on of knowledge from nursing faculty to graduates after receiving their official Nurse Pin with a Maltese Cross. For more information about the Associate Degree Nursing program at Jones College check out the website,

Associate Degree Nursing Fall 2021 Graduates

Ondranna Barnes- Mt. Olive

Germecca Bolton- Laurel

Courtney Boothe- Heidelberg

Breanna Boyles- Brookhaven

Christina Breazeale- Ellisville

Layken Carney- Columbia

Alec Culbertson- Ellisville

Kayla Daley- Laurel

Alexander Ducksworth- Petal

Morgan Freeman- Waynesboro

Bobbi Gamble- Petal

Kelsey Hamilton- Raleigh

Kris Hudson- Clara

Josh Kemp -Hattiesburg

Rachel Kendrick – Hattiesburg

Anna Grace King – Ellisville

Tori Kitchens Lott- Richton

Abby Lillie- Raleigh

Bryce McMullan Landrum-Soso

Payton Nelsen-Lucedale

Ashlea Odom Carlton- Petal

Jamie Parker-Stringer

Terra Pitts- Laurel

Katie Runnels Shows- Mt. Olive

Jamal Sampson- Hattiesburg

Kanai Spiney- Hattiesburg

Legend Waldrup- Laurel

Alainna Wells- Hattiesburg

Laken Windham- Heidelberg

Jones College’s 36 practical nursing graduates enter profession when most needed

ELLISVILLE – Thirty-six new, Practical Nursing graduates from Jones College are entering nursing when the profession needs them the most. The Pinning Ceremony at Jones celebrated the accomplishments of this group of nursing graduates as they begin their professional journey in nursing. Career and Technical Dean, Rod Tolbert praised the nurses for accepting the challenge of becoming part of the solution.

“When this class began nursing school, the Covid-19 pandemic was at its height. Most people were running the other way, but these courageous and noble students answered the call to a challenging situation. Thank you for your commitment to the health and well-being of others,” said Tolbert.

Raleigh’s Reagan Revette, one of the newest, practical nursing graduates said she was working in a nursing home as a therapy technician when she was inspired by the nurses she worked beside during the pandemic, prompting her to join the profession.

“The nurses had such an incredible impact on the Covid patients. I wanted to help patients like the nurses I witnessed in the nursing home, so I started the nursing program at Jones. I learned so much and I loved my experience here at Jones,” said Revette who plans to continue her education.

Jones College’s Director of the Practical Nursing Program, Amy Myers said this year’s nursing graduates were challenged during their education and will most likely continue to be challenged in their careers.

“They have completed nursing school during a stressful time in our history. They’ve persevered to successfully complete a fast and rigorous program during a pandemic. They have proved to be capable of great things. We faculty members celebrate their accomplishments because seeing nursing students achieve their goals and succeed is one of our proudest moments as instructors,” said Myers.

Abby Jordan with Rod Tolbert
Ashley Harrison with Alexis Cook

Three students were honored for their accomplishments during the three-semester program. Reagan Revette of Raleigh earned the Academic Excellence Award for having the highest academic average. The Rising Star Award was presented to Abby Jordan of Taylorsville for her continuous dedication and growth in the classroom and clinical setting, and her positive attitude and perseverance which enriched her professionalism and nursing knowledge. Alexis Cook of Stringer was honored to receive the Florence Nightingale Award amongst the full-time practical nursing program graduates by Jones College faculty who believe she exhibits the qualities of the founder of nursing, with her professionalism, integrity, and selfless attitude.

The Pinning and Graduation Ceremony ended with the traditional “Lamp Lighting” inspired by the founder of nursing, Florence Nightingale who carried a lamp to help wounded soldiers during the Crimean War in 1854. For more information about the Practical Nursing Program, check out the website:

Practical Nursing Graduates December 2021

Maleah Marie Barnes, CollinsBridgette Boleware, Petal

Shawna Nicole Breland, George County

Elizabeth Carr, Pearl River County

Alexis Cook, Stringer

Summer Davis, Laurel

Breana Deem, Poplarville

Peyton Ford, Moselle

Marvin Fuller, Monticello 

Rene Fuller, Puckett 

ShaQwanna Gandy, Quitman 

Molly Elmore Graves, Seminary/Brandon

Destiny Nicole Hooks, Ellisville 

Kristen Hunt, Leakesville

Jone’t Johnson, Wayne County

Tawiana Jones, Heidelberg

Abby Jordan, Taylorsville

Ta’Kyra Lampton, Columbia

Lauryn Paige Loper, Waynesboro

Debra Magee, Collins

Madyson Mann, Laurel

Emily Matherne, Purvis

Ladeidra Rhodes McDuffie, Monticello

Logan Miller, Wayne County

Briana Jean Nix, Moselle

Sarah Amanda Phelps, Ellisville

Latonya McCullum Poole, Prentiss

Gilneshiakee Pope, Wayne County

Reagan Danielle Revette, Raleigh

Trista Shoemake, Purvis

Taylor Stauffer, Laurel

Chelsea LaRose Vaxter, Carthage

Lauren Waites, Waynesboro

Dakota Lobrano Wallace, Hattiesburg

Amy Waters, Ellisville

Karea M Welch, Hattiesburg

“A Jones College Christmas” event helps Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program

ELLISVILLE – There was an overwhelming response from the public attending Jones College’s Christmas events. Several hundred new, unwrapped toys were collected for the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program as admission to Jones College’s Christmas program. The partnership between Jones College’s College of the Arts, Music and Performance, and the Salvation Army has brought smiles to thousands of children over the decades. Major Raymond Pruitt of the Laurel Salvation Army was impressed by the student’s performance and overjoyed by the generosity of those donating to the Angel Tree program.

“For 83 years, the Salvation Army has been serving the Laurel area and that can only happen with the support of the community. It is wonderful to see the young people join the ‘army’ of volunteers helping others,” said Pruitt.

Performing in the Jones College Christmas event included the JC Concert Choir, Jazz Band, JC Voices, Jones OnStage, Percussion Ensemble, Touch of Gold Dance Team, Music Industry students, along with a special appearance from Jones College President, Dr. Jesse Smith who sang a duet with his son, Conner. Additionally, Santa Claus greeted guests and student volunteers from Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Wyatt Reid, Logan Carr, Will Hendry, Abigail Davis, Cali Le, Aeronney Berry, Ariel Loper, Madison Hosey, Mary Parker, Lejaylyn Nutall, Angela Boyd and Kayla White, served as Santa and the Salvation Army’s helpers by gathering gifts for the Toy Drive.

JC Assistant Dean of the College of the Arts, Music and Performance, Bruce Smith said he was glad to be able to celebrate Christmas in a big way this year. Last year, the semester ended before Thanksgiving.

“I would like to thank the community for giving so generously to The Salvation Army Angel Tree Campaign and supporting Jones College. The students and faculty involved in the performance were pleased to have such a wonderful audience full of friends, young and old enjoying an entertaining show,” said Smith.