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ESBOCES Hosts Drive-By Event for Nursing Graduates

Music, Honking, Cheering, Created an Emotional Milestone


Nursing graduate holds signs out car window during drive-by celebration


On Friday, May 1, teaching staff and administrators celebrated the newest graduates from the Eastern Suffolk School of Practical Nursing, drive-by style, in the campus parking lot at the Adult Education Center in Brentwood.


Dozens of graduates honked their horns, cheered, waved, and even brandished signs as they repeatedly drove past the school entrance and the applauding onlookers. Pomp and Circumstance played loudly from a speaker and colorful signs and balloons dotted the parking lot for the now former students who had just completed their last exam that same week.


The drive-by event wasn’t the traditional pinning and graduation ceremony the school normally holds, but it still possessed that same proud and emotional mood. Students and staff were a little choked up at times, probably due to the significance of completing such a difficult program and the current dangers of the industry in which they all will work.


Said Dolly Kranz, program administrator for Health Sciences, “We are so proud of the 65 nurses who persevered through this rigorous program and we thank them for their dedication as they enter the healthcare workforce during this global crisis. Despite the quarantine, we wanted to applaud and cheer on our students. They are all winners and we wanted to let them know that.”


The Eastern Suffolk School of Practical Nursing is a program of Eastern Suffolk BOCES.