Two Dana Point residents among 53 recognized at Saddleback College pinning ceremony Tuesday

By Andrea Swayne

Two of the 53 men and women who graduated from the nursing program at Saddleback College on Tuesday evening hail from Dana Point.

Dana Point residents Cathleen Plaza and Allana Tobias were among those honored at a symbolic candle lighting and pinning ceremony at Saddleback’s McKinney Theater.

Other local, tri-city area graduates are Robin Fouch, Brice Girdley, Margit Kalmus, Jessica Tanamachi and Christopher Wyatt, all from San Clemente, as well as Erica Warrington of San Juan Capistrano.

As part their commencement, the new nurses were presented with a pin, the traditional symbol of a nurse’s service and rite of passage into the profession. A candle lighting ceremony symbolized the passing of the flame from the famed founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale, to each of the new graduates.

Girdley, along with a fellow graduate, delivered a speech titled, “Remember When.”

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