Alumni News: Nursing Grad Becomes Fifth Member Of Family To Earn A Capital Degree

Audrey Akuamoah was one of the 475 graduates at Capital Community College’s May 23rd Commencement held at the Connecticut Convention Center last month. After the ceremonies, Ms Akuamoah, a Phi Betta Kappa honors student and recipient of a CCC Foundation scholarship, proudly signed up for the alumni association with other graduates.

Audrey, the mother of two who worked part-time and studied full time to earn an associate in nursing degree, became the fifth Akuamoh to earn a degree from Capital — continuing a family tradition that has led to careers in nursing and the health field in her Ghanian American family.

The Akuamoah family at 2019 Commencement Exercises. Nursing Grad Audrey Akuamoah became the fifth member of her family to earn a CCC degree.

Four of Audrey’s brothers and sisters attended and graduated from Capital.  All of them were there at the  2019 commencement to celebrate the newest Capital grad with their mother and children on hand. And all joined Audrey in re-connecting to Capital by signing up to get involved in alumni activities. They included Nursing Alums Anita Akuamoah Abankwa, Jasmine Akuamoah, Edmond Akuamoah and Radiologic Technology Alum Richmond Akuomoah.

Vilma Canales, RN, BSN is joined by CEO G. Duncan Harris and Interim Student Services Dean Marsha Ball-Davis at the alumni table for the 2019 Commencement.

Vilma Canales, BSN, BS, IP, RN , who graduated in 2014 from Capital’s nursing program, volunteered at commencement to enlist new graduates to stay connected with their alma mater as they pursue employment or transfer to the baccalaureate.  Canales is an Infection Control/Staff Development nurse at Apple Rehab. “I’m a proud graduate from CCC and love being a product of their outstanding nursing program. CCC nursing graduates are respected wherever we go,” says Canales, who notes that her son followed her to Capital and is also an alumnus.

Nursing majors comprised the largest group in the Class of 2019  with 117 receiving their diplomas from the rigorous nationally accredited RN program. They were followed by associate degrees in social and behavioral sciences (77), business and technology (70) and health careers and public safety (44). Associate degrees in general studies, humanities. mathematics and science were also conferred for transfer to four-year institutions.

Class of 2019 member signs up for the CCC Alumni Association.

Seventy members of the graduating class signed up for the alumni association and expressed interest in volunteering at the college as mentors, helping with alumni sponsored programs at the downtown campus and recommending others for enrollment. They received a “Proud Alum” tee shirt.

Alumni and former students of Capital, including individuals who attended Greater Hartford Community College and Hartford State Technical College, may also connect with the Alumni Association by submitting the online Alumni Information Form.

–  John McNamara


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A weblog for alumni and friends of the Capital Community College Foundation, Hartford, Connecticut active from 2009 to 2022, Comments and information pertaining to the College and College Foundation are welcome. John McNamara (Editor) Director of Institutional Advancement and Foundation Liaison Retired.
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