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May 14, 2010

CUA Seniors ‘Pinned’ as They Complete Nursing Education

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Symbolizing their move into the nursing profession, 80 Catholic University senior undergraduate nursing students were “pinned” on Thursday, May 13, in a ceremony attended by cheering family and friends at Hartke Theatre.

In a keynote address to seniors, Janice Griffin Agazio, associate professor, offered “10 pieces of unsolicited advice,” including suggesting that students commit to being lifelong learners, never forget their passion and take care of themselves.

Elizabeth Wolfinger of Damascus, Md., president of the nursing class of 2010, and Raymond Bosche of Dublin, Ohio, vice president, greeted the seniors. “Pins are a symbol of who we are … and where we come from — Catholic University,” Wolfinger said. Bosche noted that the seniors completed 129 credits, which translates into 6,000 hours in the classroom. “And we’re finally finished,” he proclaimed.

Speaking on behalf of the nursing class of 2010 were Mariana Miravalle of Hopedale, Ohio, and Stephanie Clemente of Warren, N.J., who offered reflections on graduating.

The pinning ritual dates to the 12th century, and the actual pin indicates to patients and others that the wearer has completed nursing education.

CUA’s President Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., gave closing remarks, sharing with seniors how nurses have made a difference in his life and the lives of his brother and mother. He told the seniors, “Thank you for accepting this challenge” of becoming a nurse.

Emily Sanchez of Silver Spring, Md., is pinned by Teresa Walsh, director of the undergraduate nursing program.
The senior nursing class stood as it was introduced to family and friends at Hartke Theatre.
Associate Professor Janice Griffin Agazio told students, “You’re prepared, and you have the skills you need to succeed.”
Class officers Raymond Bosche and Elizabeth Wolfinger greeted their classmates. They helped organize the ceremony with Laurie Lemieux, clinical assistant professor and adviser to the Student Nurses Association.
University Chaplain Rev. Robert Schlageter, O.F.M. Conv., blessed the pins, which were presented to students by School of Nursing Dean Nalini Jairath.


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