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Five San Clemente residents among 53 recognized at Saddleback College pinning ceremony Tuesday

(From L to R) Nursing program graduates and San Clemente residents Margit Kalmus, Brice Girdley, Robin Fouch and Christopher Wyatt gather for a photo following their pinning ceremony at Saddleback College Tuesday. Photo by Andrea Swayne
(From L to R) Nursing program graduates and San Clemente residents Margit Kalmus, Brice Girdley, Robin Fouch and Christopher Wyatt gather for a photo following their pinning ceremony at Saddleback College Tuesday. Photo by Andrea Swayne

By Andrea Swayne

Five of the 53 men and women who graduated from the nursing program at Saddleback College hail from San Clemente.

Robin Fouch, Brice Girdley, Margit Kalmus, Jessica Tanamachi and Christopher Wyatt were honored at a symbolic candle-lighting and pinning ceremony at Saddleback’s McKinney Theater Tuesday evening.

San Clemente resident Jessica Tanamachi is all smiles at graduation as she reflects back on completing Saddleback’s nursing program while juggling a busy family life with five children. Photo by Andrea Swayne
San Clemente resident Jessica Tanamachi is all smiles at graduation for Saddleback’s nursing program. Photo by Andrea Swayne

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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