Morristown, N.J. (May 8, 2018) – On May 3, we ceremoniously presented pins to 96 CSE students graduating with either their Bachelor of Science in Nursing or Master of Science in Nursing. This pinning ceremony is a rite of passage for all those pursuing a career in nursing because it symbolizes their dedication to healthcare.
"These pins will remind our students of their special calling to serve others," said Sister Irma Kessler, professor emeritus of biology, before blessing the pins.
The ceremony then illustrated the importance of nurses in emergent situations and praised their lifesaving instincts, long shifts and selfless natures.
"Thank you all for your capacity and your ability to serve. Not everybody can do what you do," said Monique Guillory, vice president of academic affairs. "I see how nurses are able to show up at times when people are falling apart. You are miracles."
This celebratory evening concluded on a somber note. In January, Emily Wall, '18, passed away after a short battle with illness. To honor Emily, who was one class away from graduating with her MSN, CSE bestowed her degree posthumously.
"This year our MSN cohort lost an amazing soul," said Cecilia Amaro, '18, a close friend of Emily. "Anyone who knew Emily knew how strong and amazing she was. In one's lifetime, there are only a handful of times that we make a genuine friend. Emily was one of those friends for me. She had a way of making everything lighthearted and fun."
The Resilient Award, intended to honor a person who excels in nursing, was created in memory of Emily. During the pinning ceremony, Emily became the first recipient of this annual award.
Below is a list of students graduating with their degrees in nursing.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing:
Master of Science in Nursing: