Mount Wachusett CC dental graduates are celebrated in a pinning ceremony

GARDNER — Mount Wachusett Community College held a pinning ceremony May 13 for all 11 members of the dental hygiene class of 2022.

The pinning ceremony represents the transition from student to certified dental hygienist.

“This is a tough program even under the best of circumstances and we’ve had far from the best over the past two years,” said MWCC President James Vander Hooven. “You have shown great resilience and an ability to bounce back from the obstacles placed before you. Take the time tonight to enjoy this moment and recognize what you have achieved.

“The application deadline to enter the program you have now successfully completed was February 1, 2020,” Director of Dental Education Programs Cynthia Cadoret told the students. “Who knew what awaited you, or any of us, later that spring when the pandemic hit. You have been accepted and you have accepted the challenge of entering a rigorous academic and clinical program when much was still unknown about COVID-19.

“Your faculty have risen to the challenge of delivering the program during these difficult times,” Cadoret continued. “The summer of 2020 was spent getting your class ready to start in the fall, purchasing a seemingly endless list of equipment in an effort to keep you and our patients safe. You had a bumpy start with interruptions during the first months of your education, but despite it all, you bonded strongly with your classmates and faculty and you are here today.

The dental hygiene class of 2022 graduates are: Patty Brine, Ashby; Taven Felix, Roxbury; Lauren Hnath, South Deerfield; Nicole Kelly, Shirley; Shaina Lakanen, New Ipswich, New Hampshire; Mallory LeBlanc, Templeton; Makenzi Mitchell, Leominster; Josphat Ndgewa, Worcester; Sarah O’Sullivan, Barre; Hannah Paul, Athol and Julie von Fettweis, New York, New York.

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