NEWBURGH – Mount Saint Mary College recently held a pinning ceremony for 76 nursing graduates.
Fr. Kevin E. Mackin, OFM, president, gave an invocation and blessed the pins, which were presented to the graduates by chosen family members and friends.
The Mount Saint Mary College nursing pin contains the college’s motto, "doce me veritatem," which translates as "teach me the truth."
Mount professors Jeanne Roth and Andrea Ackerman offered the graduates words of encouragement and advice for their upcoming nursing careers.
The class of 2013 is "ready to make the transition from student nurse to graduate nurse," said Roth. "As you receive your nursing pin today, let it serve as a constant reminder not only of the excellent education you have received at Mount Saint Mary College, but of the desire, dedication, and the commitment you have made to serve the healthcare needs of others."
Jennie Rouleau of Bristol, Conn. gave her reflections at the ceremony.
"We made it. We’re nurses. How cool is that?" said Rouleau. "I am truly honored to be a part of this nursing class."
She added, "This is the beginning of a beautiful and honorable career."
Rouleau’s pin was presented by her mother, Christine, and her father, Mark, both nurses themselves. Nora Ames of Titusville, NJ was pinned by her stepmother, Jodi, and her father, Warren.
"My pin is dedicated to all three of my wonderful parents, without whom I would not be receiving it at all," she said. "My mom, before she passed away, showed me the meaning of compassion and selflessness. And my parents, whose unrelenting support and love are the best gifts."
Daniel Beers of Montgomery, NY was pinned by his grandmother, Harriett Beers.
"She is the smartest person I know, always showing her love and support while encouraging me to follow my dreams," he explained. "She has given me inspiration that will always follow me on my journey through life."
The newly-minted nurses recited "A Nurse’s Prayer," which speaks of dedicating one’s life to helping others.
The nursing graduates are: Nora Ames of Titusville, NJ; Lorin Andalora of Hamburg, NJ; Daniel Beers of Montgomery, NY; Meredith Benanti of Poughkeepsie, NY; Mollie Bowman of Newburgh, NY; Kathleen Brown of Wappingers Falls, NY; Alyssa Bujalski of Campbell Hall, NY; Jessica Burns of Niskayuna, NY; Kelly Candelet of Mystic, Conn.; Elise Carbonette of Miller Place, NY; Eileen Carey of Hopewell Junction, NY; Claudine Castano of Newburgh, NY; ToniAnn Cervone of Beacon, NY; Lisa Choe form Brooklyn, NY; Jaquierra Cook of Washingtonville, NY; Sharon Cranwell of Putnam Valley, NY; Salvatore Cusa of Highland, NY; Catherine Davidson of Wallkill, NY; Marcelo Domingues of Tuckahoe, NY; Aryn Doyle of Northford, Conn.; Danielle Drosihn of Massapequa, NY; Sarah Dwinall of Wappingers Falls, NY; Rattinan Eckardt of Newburgh, NY; Michelle Espinosa of Poughkeepsie, NY; Laura Ficarelle of Massapequa Park, NY; Samantha Fiorentino of Holmes, NY; Ryan Folken of Centereach, NY; Victoria Furgiuele of Mahopac, NY; Megan Hall of New Windsor, NY; Kate Hartnett of Floral Park, NY; Antoinette Iaquez-Samuelson of New Windsor, NY; Karesia Jones of Peekskill, NY; Sean Jordan of Middletown, NY; Kassandra Kayal of Wayne, NJ; Jennifer Keahon of Newburgh, NY; Alexis Kissel of East Moriches, NY; Katherine Lidestri of Washingtonville, NY; Kristen Lippert of Wingdale, NY; Emily Malaspina of Cortlandt Manor, NY; Alexis Malloy of Wallkill, NY; Caitlin Maynes of Miller Place, NY; Kerilyn McNamara of Staten Island, NY; Keffion Mensah of Newburgh, NY; Kayla Monaco of Bohemia, NY; Megan Morris of Carmel, NY; Diana Nunziato of Warwick, NY; Kristina Olang of Poughquag, NY; Ashley Orldando of Highland, NY; Katelyn Owens of Montgomery, NY; Jenna Padavano of Flemington, NJ; Alexis Pappis of Newburgh, NY; Caitlyn Perillo of the Bronx, NY; Cassandra Pinter of Bridgewater, Conn.; Shannon Plouffé of Massapequa Park, NY; Brittany Protsko of Campbell Hall, NY; Justin Rodriguez of Highland, NY; Kasey Ronan of Yonkers, NY; Jennie Rouleau of Bristol, Conn.; Kerrin Rowe of Smithtown, NY; Laura Santiago of Hopewell Junction, NY; Jill Saydlowski of Milford, Conn.; Jacqueline Schouten of West Milford, NJ; Nurije Sefa of Yorktown Heights, NY; Jesse Segal of New Windsor, NY; Vanessa Sochulak of Monroe, NY; Alyson Spinelli of Wappingers Falls, NY; Sevchelle Suarez of Middletown, NY; Alexa Sullivan of Mahopac, NY; Courtney Troy of Washingtonville, NY; Kaitlyn Umstead of Sussex, NJ; Brittany Weeks of Hopewell Junction, NY; Amanda Westhelle of Norwood, NJ; Kaitlin Wickes of Walden, NY; Jacquelyn Zagarino of Wallingford, Conn.; Alyssa Zordan of Torrington, Conn.; and Zachary Zoutis of Newburgh, NY.