Baptist Health College Little Rock Recognizes Graduates During Fall 2023 Commencement

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Baptist Health College Little Rock honored more than 150 graduates during its fall commencement on Monday, Dec. 11, at the Robinson Center in downtown Little Rock. Graduates earned Associates of Applied Science in Nursing, Associates of Applied Science, practical nursing diplomas and patient care technician certificates. 

This year’s commencement address was delivered by Miss Arkansas 2023, Cori Keller. Personally impacted by the nurses at Baptist Health, Keller encouraged students to remember it is not about what job they have in the health care field, but rather how they make others feel. 

“When thinking of every person I came in contact with while my dad was admitted at Baptist Health, I thought of the quote by Maya Angelou, ‘I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you do, but people will never forget how you made them feel,’” Keller said. 

Candidates for graduation were presented by Dr. Karen James, PhD, OTR/L, CAPS, interim chancellor. The invocation, traditional light of unity ceremony and benediction was delivered by Dr. Hope Coleman, PhD, academic and spiritual counselor. Mike Perkins, president of Baptist Health Medical Center-Little Rock, gave the presiding and welcome. 

Of the 140 graduates, three students achieved High Honors – a cumulative GPA of 3.75 to 4.00 for nursing and 3.90 to 4.0 for allied health programs. Fifteen students graduated with Honors – a 3.00 to 3.74 for the School of Nursing and 3.75 to 3.89 for allied health programs.  

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About Baptist Health College Little Rock 

Since 1921, Baptist Health College Little Rock has shaped the health of Arkansans by educating and mentoring health care professionals with excellence and Christian compassion. With nine programs of study, including two nursing programs and seven allied health programs, graduates demonstrate entry-level competency in their fields, exemplify professionalism and personify the Baptist Health values.


About Baptist Health

For more than a century, Baptist Health has delivered all our best in health care through Christian compassion and innovative services. Baptist Health, Arkansas’ most comprehensive health care organization, is here For You. For Life. – with more than 250 points of access that include 12 hospitals; urgent care centers; a senior living community; over 100 primary and specialty care clinics; a college with studies in nursing and allied health; and a graduate residency program. It is also the largest private not-for-profit health care organization based in Arkansas, providing care through the support of approximately 11,000 employees, groundbreaking treatments, renowned physicians and community outreach programs. For more information about Baptist Health, visit, call Baptist Health HealthLine at 1-888-BAPTIST or download the myBaptistHealth app.