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Pima Medical Institute’s Phoenix Campus Celebrates Graduates with Unconventional Commencement Event

Posted: March 25, 2021 by Diane Smith
Campus Director Stacey Nottingham stands in front of campus faculty and staff on graduation stage as student receives her certificate.
Phoenix Campus Director, Stacey Nottingham, presents graduate with her certificate.
 


Pima Medical Institute’s Phoenix campus recently hosted a graduation ceremony for students from its seven certificate and three associate degree programs. Throughout the pandemic, many graduation ceremonies have been put on hold, moved to a virtual experience, or not held at all. 

Faculty and staff at the Phoenix campus wanted to recognize their graduates, and they put their heads together to come up with a plan that would make an in-person event possible. The goal was to find a way for students to receive their degrees while still following CDC guidelines and Pima Medical’s safety protocols.

Family members in a vehicle hold a sign with well wishes for their graduate. Families were able to cheer on their graduates from a safe distance.
Thanks to a large parking lot at the Phoenix campus and the ingenuity of the faculty and staff, an outdoor graduation ceremony that provided space for family and friends to attend while safely staying physically distant was born. Graduates were dropped off to line up with their respective program and families were able to park and stay safely in their vehicles to watch the event. The campus also provided a livestream of each program graduation for those unable to attend in person.

 “Our team worked hard to come up with a way that we could safely provide an environment where our students, their family and friends and our faculty and staff could celebrate the accomplishment that is graduation,” said Stacey Nottingham, campus director, Pima Medical Institute, Phoenix campus. “This day was a great example of the tenacity of our faculty and staff as well as the dedication of our students, who despite much uncertainty completed their programs.” 

Beginning at 9:00 a.m. with ceremonies on the hour throughout the day, 274 students were able to walk across the stage and accept their hard-earned degree. Family and friends cheered on the graduates safely from trucks and cars parked drive-in style. The mood was one of celebration. Many students said they were grateful to be able to take part in the day.

Four Pima Medical graduates pose holding their certificates. Four Pima Medical graduates show off their certificates.
“With so many other graduations moving to online, virtual or not at all, I love the fact that I could walk on the stage with the pomp and circumstance,” said Nicole Glashoff, Sterile Processing Technician certificate program graduate. “It was great, the effort and work the campus put into this. We earned it and it was great to be able to celebrate that.” 

Glashoff is already employed and said she has Pima Medical to thank for that. 

“We are so proud of all our graduates, and we are thrilled that we could create an environment for them to celebrate safely and be recognized for the hard work they put in,” added Nottingham. “While we hope we are nearing the end of this pandemic, we know we can offer our students a graduation ceremony either way.”

Pima Medical’s Phoenix campus, which opened in 2015, serves Glendale, Peoria, Sun City, Goodyear, Scottsdale and other nearby western Phoenix cities. The Phoenix location, like all campuses, provides hands-on learning opportunities with instructors who are focused on preparing students for success in a real-world medical career.

For more information go to pmi.edu.
 
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