South Florida State College’s honored 10 new radiography program graduates in a traditional pinning ceremony in the college’s University Center Auditorium last week.

Those honored were: Brittanie Augustin, Jennifer Cordero, Isauro Figueroa, Jerrika Hendry, James Heston, Tami Hunt, Theresa Miller, Yamil Santiago, Katerina Stoltz, Olnel Virgile.

In a break with a practice that calls for a faculty member to present the pins, Junior Gray, SFSC’s radiography program director, called family members up to the stage to pin their loved ones.

SFSC Radiography Graduates Group

Front Row, Left to Right: Brittanie Augustin, Tami Hunt, Theresa Miller, Jerrika Hendry, Jennifer Cordero
Back Row, Left to Right: Yamil Santiago, Isauro Figueroa, Katerina Stoltz, James Heston, Olnel Virgile

Husbands, mothers, and fathers, to the applause of the audience, accompanied the graduates to the stage to affix the pin to their shirts and blouses.

The graduates had completed SFSC’s radiography program and will soon sit for the national board examinations, aiming to start their careers later this summer. Radiologic technologists work in hospitals and clinics performing diagnostic imaging examinations, such as x rays.

James Switzer, a radiologist at Highlands Regional Medical Center, who helped teach clinical skills to the graduates, offered words of advice as they prepare to launch their careers.

Tami Hunt, the graduating class’s president, got the audience chuckling when, in introducing Switzer, she recalled how she kept getting in his way during the first round of clinical instruction. “Dr. Switzer told me if we’re going to dance, then he was going to lead,” Hunt said, putting her at ease and dispelling her first day jitters.

Noting that world is now far more complex than when he started practicing medicine, Switzer cautioned the graduates to think hard before making decisions that have the potential to change the course of their lives.

“You will all have many decisions to make,” Switzer said. “Choose wisely because some mistakes are hard to repair.”

Gray presented special awards to Jerrika Hendry for academic excellence and perfect attendance. Yamil Santiago received an award for clinical excellence.

Upon completing SFSC’s two-year radiography program, graduates can work as certified radiologic technologists by passing the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists national examination.

The 5-year first-attempt pass rate among SFSC students for the national examination is 92 percent, according to Gray.

For information, contact Gray at 784-7347 or grayj@southflorida.edu.