AVON PARK, Fla. – July 24, 2017 – Graduates of South Florida State College’s Radiography program were presented with pins on Thursday, July 20, in a ceremony that recognized them for completing two years of academic study and clinical instruction.

In May, the 12 graduates received Associate in Science (AS) degrees in radiography at SFSC’s spring Commencement service. At the pinning ceremony, the graduates gathered one last time to celebrate their achievements and to affirm their dedication to the highest standards of professionalism. They are now qualified to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (AART) national examination for certification and registration.

The graduates are Latesha Anglin, Kristine Castillo, Lorena Contreras, Amy Hinote, Rajad Lawrence, Dieucilene Michel, Brenda Miranda, Ana Montanez, Filiberto Montanez Jr., Rachel Ohly, Jose Resendiz, and Derek Whitten. They received radiology pins from relatives and special friends.

Clinical instructor Gary Frakes praised the graduates for being SFSC’s second class in which the original group of 12 students finished the program together. “All of the students in this class were determined to succeed,” Mr. Frakes said. “They provided support and energy for each other. Every challenge we put before them, they accepted and succeeded.”

Ann Frakes, his wife and fellow clinical instructor, recounted her personal and professional journey that began 30 years ago in Flint, Mich., when she earned her radiology degree at the age of 32. Later this year, she will retire as the lead mammographer and certified breast patient navigator for Highlands Regional Medical Center. 

“When I tell you I graduated from a good radiology program, I did,” Mrs. Frakes told the graduates. “But it would not compete with the one you just got through. It is now up to you to go as far as you can with your skills. Regardless of whether you say in this community or go across the state or across the country like myself, opportunities are out there. I want you do know that my radiography career as served me so well. It opened so many doors for me. It has been both professionally and financially rewarding. It has given me a wonderful life and the chance to see and do things. I can only hope it does the same for you.”

Radiologic technologists are employed primarily by hospitals and diagnostic imaging centers. By performing radiologic examinations, radiologic technologists aid in diagnosing, preventing, and treating disease. They prepare patients for exams, use radiographic equipment safely, perform complex imaging procedures, and produce accurate images of the body.