Mount Saint Mary College Awards Nursing Pins to More Than 30 Students
NEWBURGH, N.Y. – December 2017 – Mount Saint Mary College held a pinning ceremony for more than 30 graduates of the college’s accelerated nursing program on Saturday, December 16.
Associate Nursing Professor Susan Schulmerich, co-chair of the Mount’s School of Nursing, led the ceremony and offered the graduates words of encouragement.
Fr. Gregoire Fluet, director of Campus Ministry and campus chaplain, blessed the pins, which were presented to the graduates by chosen family members and friends.
Keynote speaker Dianne Murphy, Mount nursing professor emerita, gave the graduates advice for their upcoming nursing careers.
“The best way to predict your future is to create it,” she said. “I advise everyone to eventually continue your nursing education, whether it be for specialty certification or master’s degrees in nursing administration, as a nurse anesthetist, a nurse practitioner, or in nurse education.”
Nursing award recipients were Liza Ferrante-Murphy of Highland Mills, N.Y., who was given the General Excellence in Nursing Award; Parminder Bhangoo of Wappingers Falls, N.Y., who received the School of Nursing Clinical Excellence Award; Theresa Muschett-Diaz of New Windsor, N.Y., who earned the School of Nursing Leadership Award; Marissa Dixon of Saugerties, N.Y., who earned the Spirit of Nursing Award; and Christina Fitzula of Shohola, Pa., who got the Perseverance Award.
To close out the ceremony, the proud graduates recited “A Nurse’s Prayer,” which speaks of dedicating one’s life to helping others.
Additional Mount graduates who received their nursing pin on December 16 are: Jennifer Gagliardi of Monroe, N.Y.; Susmitha Nallur of New Windsor, N.Y.; Kayla Butler of Newburgh, N.Y.; Paige Gennarelli of Monroe, N.Y.; Breana Negersmith of Wappingers Falls, N.Y.; Florence Ostagne of New Windsor, N.Y..; Lindsay Campbell of Bloomingburg, N.Y.; Brittany Gilligan of Kingston, N.Y.; Malgorzata Potocka of Newburgh, N.Y.; Sean Carroll of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; Allison Gordon of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; Lisa Ryan of Montgomery, N.Y.; Jeanette Castillo of Marlboro, N.Y.; Daniel Graff of Lagrangeville, N.Y.; Ashley Sanda of Pawling, N.Y.; Lori DeFreitas of Poughquag, N.Y.; Brittney Jones of Monroe, N.Y.; Jennifer Skeats of Highland, N.Y.; Alexandra DeLuca of Westwood, N.J.; Cereka McPherson of New City, N.Y.; Heather Swart of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; Jadia Mincey of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; Cara Walsh of Marlboro, N.Y.; and Meghan Murphy of Montgomery, N.Y.
CAPTION 1: Mount Saint Mary College pinned more than 30 nurses on Saturday, December 16. Photo by Matt Frey.