Baton Rouge General's School of Nursing Announces Graduating Class of 2010

Staff reports
Class of 2010 are, from left, top row: Melissa Morris, Candice Miller, Robert LeBlanc, Kyle Davis, Nicholas Boone, Matthew McDonald, Michelle Morgan and Doretha Reed; second row: Phaon Dunbar, April Landry, Jennifer Gillespie, Gabrielle Ladegaillerie, Michelle Temple, Hamilton Sparks, Shawn Fontenot, Nicole Sibley and Heatherly Hill; third row: Brandy Reid, Jolie Kowalski, Kansas Klein, Anthony LaSuzzo, Erin Perkins, Laura Gascon, Jennifer Nickens and Claire Murphy; and bottom row: Mary Nassar, Lisa Evans, Brittany Schmidt, Amanda Daigrepont and Rhea Blanchard.

Baton Rouge General Medical Center’s School of Nursing held its 27th Commencement Exercises announcing the graduation of 30 nursing candidates at a ceremony at Broadmoor United Methodist Church on December 10, 2010. The ceremony was emceed by Carol Tingle, PhD, MSN, RN, Director of the School of Nursing. The commencement address was delivered by Barbara Marley Pitts, MSN-R, PMHCNS, BC of Pitts Management Associates. Lee Ann Thomas, MSN, RN, provided the faculty address and Rev. Lusinda Warren provided the invocation and benediction.

A number of awards and honors were presented during the ceremony, including Community Service Awards presented to students who demonstrate the values of Baton Rouge General Medical Center: caring, excellence, service and integrity.

With the addition of the Class of 2010, Baton Rouge General’s School of Nursing has graduated a total of 769 nurses. Many of the new graduates will begin their nursing careers at both Baton Rouge General campuses, in Medical-Surgical units, ICU, Emergency Department, Birth Center, Telemetry and the Operating Room.

Baton Rouge General's School of Nursing operates a two-year RN program and accepts approximately 40 candidates each year. For further information about the school or for a program application, visit or contact Baton Rouge General's School of Nursing at 225-387-7623.

Area grads and the honors and awards received by individuals from the Class of 2010 are as follows:

Jolie V. Kowalski, Prairieville

Student Award for Excellence

Community Service Award

Mary Nassar, St. Amant

Grace Hough Scholarship Award Winner

Community Service Award