Morristown, N.J. (May 4, 2016) – Dolan Performance Hall was packed with family and friends of the 71 nursing students who had completed all their requirements for a BSN and were given the College's pin as a sign of their readiness. The ceremony on May 4 was a joyous event as the students, faculty, and staff met to celebrate successes.
"Your pin is symbolic of your accomplishments at CSE," says Dr. Eileen Specchio, professor of nursing. Quoting Dr. Sharon George from Saint Anselm College, she said, "It is a cross to bear for nurses who remain with patients long after others have given up hope. It is a medal of honor because you honor the miracle of life and the finality of death. It is a badge of courage because you care for those who might otherwise be ignored or exiled from society."
Dr. Monique Guillory, vice president for academic affairs, welcomed the nurses and their families and friends. "I have a great appreciation for nurses. You are strong and competitive and advocate for your patients," she complimented. "I have discovered in my travels in academia that the CSE RN-BSN program has a great reputation in the world of higher education and health care."
Dr. Sarah Arnold, chair of the nursing department, said of the perpetually rainy weather, "The campus is tearing up over your impending departure."
Her observations about the class of 2016 were offered in the form of a diagnosis. "This class has insomnia, anxiety, and stress," she said. "The symptoms presented as all-night study sessions after putting in a full-day's work and making dinner for the family. The plan of care involves graduation and going out to change the world!"
Kathleen Carrozza, instructor and director of the dietetic internship program, was given the Annual Friend of Nursing Award for her support of and her contributions to the nursing program.
Sister Irma Kessler, professor emeritus of biology, blessed the pins and led the students in reciting the nurses' creed.
Ivanna Stebelska, '16, BSN, sang Ave Maria, accompanied by guest accompanist, Ron Baltimore which set the stage for the presentation of the pins and roses by the nursing faculty and staff.
Roberta Robertazz, '16, Alfreda McNeill-Graine, '16, and Stephanie Chrobak, '16 gave presentations taking a look back at the memories and friendships made and congratulating their classmates.
Honors were conferred upon the following students:
Stephanie Chrobak wrote and dedicated a poem to her fellow students called The Journey Before Us.
The journey before us, uncertain, unplanned;
Hold us, O God, in the palm of your hand.
Guide us with wisdom, with every new task;
Strengthen our souls, of you this we ask.
Provide us the patience, understanding, and care;
To help those who need comfort with pain too hard to bear.
Let us heal without bias, influence, or sway;
May all who seek mending be not turned away.
Our eyes have been guided past how others live;
Respect and acceptance, each person we'll give.
Keep our lips truthful when obstacles arise;
Aid us as advocates to those unspoken cries.
The tools have been given, may we employ them with thought;
Utilizing our gifts and the skills we were taught.
Though the journey before us, uncertain, unplanned;
We'll always remain in the palm of God's hand.