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Hospital and school leadership, family, and friends gathered at the WCA Auditorium to recognize the accomplishments of the Class of 2016 graduates during the 36th Commencement Exercises of the WCA Hospital Medical Laboratory Science Program, held on Friday, July 15.
Mrs. Brenda Ireland, WCA Hospital Board of Directors past chair, and Kyle Jordan, Medical Laboratory Science Program coordinator, presented the students with certificates and class pins. The Class of 2016 graduates are: James Barter, SUNY Fredonia; Briana Johns, Canisius College; Travis Jordan, SUNY Fredonia; Brian Matuszak, SUNY Fredonia; Reni Roseman, SUNY Brockport; Kathryn Sprague, SUNY Brockport.
Graduation exercises included a congratulatory message from program director, Michele G. Harms, MS, MLS(ASCP). Michele presented a “Year In Retrospect” – a collection of photos taken during the school year.
“It is with great pride that I wish each of you congratulations on a job well-done,” said Michele who has overseen the program for fourteen years. “I always consider standing here addressing the parents and family of these graduates a huge privilege. You have blessed me with almost a full year with your loved one and I have the amazing opportunity to watch a college student transform into a laboratory professional. That transformation comes with laughter and tears and a whole lot of hard work, dedication, and sacrifice. I know that each of you will succeed and excel to wherever you want your dreams to take you. You know what it takes. Don’t settle for being just “okay,” doesn’t wait for someone else to lead you – be the leaders and be the mover because each of you has potential far beyond what you have reached today.”
The invocation was given by Reverend Donald Ray, retired WCA Hospital Chaplain. Kyle C. Jordan, WCA Hospital Medical Laboratory Science Program coordinator, recognized the faculty for their dedication to the Class of 2016 and passed along some words of wisdom to the graduates.
“Not too long ago, I can remember when I was seated right where you are sitting today,” said Kyle who joined the WCA Hospital Medical Laboratory Science Program faculty this year. “With the pressures and trials of homework, lectures, and tests behind me and the real world sitting at my doorstep, I was no longer a student, but a professional laboratory scientist, trained and ready to welcome what would be the next 47-year adventure in my life. If I can offer words of encouragement, it would be that life gets tough—rock at it not away from it which you have already proved through your hard work over the past year. You have learned a great deal over the past year and built the foundation and necessary skill-set to perform as a laboratory technologist. I encourage each of you to build upon the foundational knowledge you have obtained over this past year. It is not only to find a career, but also to excel and be an asset to wherever your career journey takes you.”
WCA Foundation executive director, Brigetta Overcash, presented graduate, James Barter the Murray S. Marsh Outstanding Student Award. “James is an excellent example of what the Murray S. Marsh Award stands for,” said Mrs. Overcash. “James was an excellent student. He took initiative, had very good technique, had a good eye for detail, was precision-oriented, and would be a valuable addition wherever he may seek employment opportunities. It is this combination that has earned James the outstanding student award. He is a fine example of what WCA strives to instill in each person who enters our doors. We extend James our sincere congratulations!”
At the close of the graduation exercises, graduates, and their families and guests were invited to tour the WCA Hospital Clinical Laboratory.
About the WCA Hospital Medical Laboratory Science Program
The WCA Hospital Medical Laboratory Science Program is an accredited, 45-week, internship program offering intensive study and experience in clinical laboratory science as the 4th year of a Bachelor’s degree or a post-graduate program. The classroom-based and hands-on clinical education is designed to develop a responsible and competent laboratory professional who will be prepared to pass an examination required for national certification as a Medical technologist/clinical laboratory scientist. To apply to the program, visit the hospital’s website at wcahospital.org.