Adult Nursing Students Graduate from Oswego County BOCES

The Adult Education Department at Oswego County BOCES (OCB) hosted a commencement ceremony recently for students completing the Practical Nursing program.

Adult Nursing Students Graduate
Graduates of the 2012 Oswego County BOCES Practical Nursing program are pictured with Instructor Margaret Palmer, OCB Board of Education President John Shelmidine, far right, and Paul Gugel, Director of Adult and Migrant Education at OCB. Graduates in the front row, left to right, include: Claire Shoults, Michelle Harris, Carli Henderson, Cassie Phillips, and Christine Allen. Middle row, left to right: Instructor Palmer, Amanda McIntyre, Chelsea Wood, Penelope Haney, Jill Skellington, and John Shelmidine. Back row, left to right: Paul Gugel, Shane Peacock, Daniel Belford, Kellianne Punch, Karin Miller, and Erin Trevett. Absent for photo was graduates Nicole Cannon and Denise Orzeck.

Paul Gugel, the Director of Adult and Migrant Education was given the honor of welcoming the large crowd of family and friends that gathered for the ceremony and took a few moments to commend the graduates on their dedication to continuing their education, their professionalism and the “can-do” spirit that they demonstrated over the past several months while in the program.

Serving as the keynote speaker for the ceremony was OCB Board of Education President John Shelmidine.

He offered his congratulations on behalf of the BOCES and saluted the graduates for their willingness to pursue a noble career in the medical profession.

Having worked closely with many medical professionals throughout his career in social service, Shelmidine said, “Our graduates are embarking on a profession with unique opportunities to affect the lives of individuals well beyond the patients whom they will serve… They will touch more lives than they could have ever imagined and affect life on a greater scale than they would have ever thought possible.”

Also given the opportunity to speak during the ceremony was the Class President Karen Miller and Instructor Margaret Palmer.

In addition, Mrs. Palmer presented each graduate with a commemorative pin and diploma and led the group in confirming their completion of the program with the reciting of the traditional Practical Nurse’s Pledge.

Special recognition awards were presented to class valedictorian Daniel Belford and class salutatorian Nicole Cannon and graduate Amanda McIntyre was recognized for perfect attendance.

Rounding out the ceremony was the announcement of students accepted into the National Technical Honor Society. Serving as America’s highest award for excellence in education, students Daniel Belford, Nicole Cannon, Amanda McIntyre, and Chelsea Wood were selected for this prestigious honor.

The Practical Nursing training program at OCB combines theory with hands-on learning experiences and is designed to exceed the standards for today’s in-demand jobs.

For more information about the program or other opportunities catered to adult learners who have been displaced, are considering a career change and/or are interested in re-entering the workforce, contact the Adult Education Department at (315) 963-4256 or visit