Fauquier County nursing student to give June 6 commencement address

For Immediate Release:
May 7, 2020

Primary Media Contact:
Sally Voth
Public Relations Specialist
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Phone: 540-868-7134

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Commencement speaking has become a bit of a family tradition for Shannon Weisbrodt, who is graduating with her associate of applied science in registered nursing today. Her daughter, Morgan Ryan, gave the commencement address in 2018, and is herself a 2020 graduate of Mary Washington University.

Mrs. Weisbrodt, who is married to Bill and has four more children in addition to Morgan, will also earn her associate of science degree from Laurel Ridge later this summer. Even while in nursing school, Mrs. Weisbrodt found additional ways to keep busy. She and her daughter Fallon obtained their phlebotomy technician certifications through Laurel Ridge Workforce Solutions together in between her two years of nursing school.

After earning that certification, Mrs. Weisbrodt began an externship at the Orange County Free Clinic, and upon completion begged to return as a volunteer. A member of Phi Theta Kappa, she was the recipient of both the William A. Hazel Family Endowed Scholarship and the Monford D. and Lucy L. Custer Endowed Nursing Scholarship.

This fall, Mrs. Weisbrodt plans to begin pursuing her bachelor of science degree in nursing – she has been accepted into three programs. Her love of learning and of nursing, has led her to the goal of becoming a nurse practitioner specializing in mental health working in an under-served community.

She is a native of Fauquier County.


Founded in 1970, Laurel Ridge Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With four locations — Middletown, Warrenton, Luray-Page County and most recently, Vint Hill— the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. Laurel Ridge offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. Laurel Ridge also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. Laurel Ridge serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.

Laurel Ridge Community College (Laurel Ridge) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Laurel Ridge Community College. Laurel Ridge Community College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors. Laurel Ridge also prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual violence or harassment.

Laurel Ridge Community College was known as Lord Fairfax Community College until June 2022. For consistency purposes, the college will be referenced as Laurel Ridge going forward.