HANCEVILLE, Ala. — The Wallace State Community College Diagnostic Imaging program graduated 27 students from its program on Tuesday, May 1, during its pinning ceremony. For them all it was a culmination of 21 months of lessons, exams and clinical rotations as they worked to earn their degree.
“One of my favorite quotes I’ve reminded myself of many times through my college experience is one from Theodore Roosevelt,” said Leila Brooke Daniel, president of the Class of 2018. “’Believe you can and you’re halfway there.’ It’s hard to believe that we are there.
“We’ve put a great amount of effort and hard work to accomplish our goals in this class,” Daniel added. “I’m extremely proud to be a part of the Diagnostic Imaging Class of 2018.”
On behalf of she and her classmates, Daniel express her thanks to instructors Jim Malone and Kelli Rich. “These two have went above and beyond to make sure we received the best education,” she said. “They have given us the ability to go out into the field of radiology and excel at the utmost professional level.”
Malone said this particular class has been very special. “Today marks a milestone in each and every one of your lives, especially as you leave here today and embark on your journey as radiologic technologists,” Malone said. “This pinning ceremony that we have here today is widely recognized as an event to celebrate and we’re celebrating you, the 2018 graduates of the Diagnostic Imaging program. It means the achievement of a goal, a stepping stone to other goals, recognition by other members of our profession, and the readiness to assume additional responsibilities. It also serves to celebrate the journey or entry into our profession.
“Wherever life takes you, wherever you work, I know you will be great technologists and will make a difference in the lives of your patients,” he added. “I encourage you to uphold the value of caring which should always be in the heart of every healthcare provider.”
A number of students were recognized with awards. Three students received the Academic Excellence Award achieving a 4.0 GPA. Those included Makaela Mote, Hollye Funderburk and McKayla Carroll. Clinical Excellence Awards were presented to Bailey Moody, Lelia Brooke Daniel, and Andrew Martin.
Wallace State’s Diagnostic Imaging program is a five-semester program offering an associate in applied science. The program is currently taking applications through June 1 for Fall 2018 entry. Call 256.352.8000 or visit www.wallacestate.edu for more information.