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Jefferson-Lewis BOCES recently celebrated the accomplishments of the newest graduates of the Adult Practical Nursing program with a commencement ceremony held June 19, 2020 at our Watertown campus.  Fifteen graduates from Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties make up this latest class. 

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing guidelines issued by the local and state health departments, precautions were taken during the course of the ceremony to ensure the safety of all the participants.  Each student, along with select family members, came in on an individual basis to take part in the ceremony with all in the room required to wear masks. 

Each graduate took part in the ceremonial pinning as well as the reciting of the Florence Nightingale Pledge.  The pledge is a modified version of the Hippocratic Oath and is traditionally recited by nursing graduates in ceremonies across the country, named in honor of the founder of modern nursing

The Practical Nursing program at Jefferson-Lewis BOCES is offered through our Adult Education Department.  To learn more about this and other Adult Education programs, visit our website at

Congratulations to the following June 2020 Practical Nursing Graduates.

*designates graduates are members of the National Technical Honor Society

LoriAnn Artnot-Watertown

Cassandra Baker-Black River

Katherine Crofton*-Ft. Drum (Valedictorian)

Clark Gayne-Dexter

Tori Gould, Gouverneur

Julia Harrienger*, Brownville (Salutatorian)

Sara Joseph, Watertown

Megan King, Calcium

Jacinda Mayer*, Lowville

Alexa Patterson, Watertown

Emily Piche, Watertown

Jayme Rosso, Watertown

Chelsea Schiele, Watertown

Nahshaie Tucker, Watertown

Kaitlin Ward, Watertown