Genesee Community College Honors 52 Nursing Graduates at Nursing Recognition Ceremony

Fifty-two graduating nursing students were honored at Genesee Community College’s first annual December Nursing Recognition Ceremony last Friday, December 18, 2009. The event occurred in the Stuart Steiner Theatre at the Batavia Campus. 

Under the leadership of the Genesee’s nursing director, Kathy Palumbo, the nursing program has been reviewed and revised to prepare graduates to succeed in today’s challenging and constantly changing health care environment. This was the first class of nursing students to graduate in December, in addition to the usual May graduation. The new December graduating class of nursing students was introduced to meet the growing demand for nurses across the Genesee Valley and throughout the nation.

Three graduates received special awards and recognition for their accomplishments in the program over the last year:

  •  The Award of General Excellence, bestowed on a graduate who demonstrates exemplary performance in academic work and clinical practice, was presented to Billie Amatore of Brockport, NY.
  • The Award for Clinical Nursing Proficiency, presented to a graduating nurse who excels in patient care, was awarded to Donna Richardson of Springwater, NY.
  • The Nursing Leadership Award, presented to a graduate in recognition of outstanding leadership and professionalism, was awarded to Jennifer Miller of Canaseraga, NY.

A list of the 2009 December Nursing program graduates along with their hometowns is available at:

As in years past, the majority of Genesee’s graduates from the December Class of 2009 will be working in Western New York health care facilities. Many have already accepted positions and will begin their employment immediately after graduation.

For further information about Genesee’s renowned Nursing program, contact the Nursing Department at 343-0055 x6355 or go to

A photo from the Nursing Recognition Ceremony is available at

Photo Caption: Director of Nursing, Kathy Palumbo addresses the December 2009 Nursing graduates at GCC.