December 17, 2013
Mount Saint Mary College recently held a pinning ceremony for 35
graduates of the college’s adult accelerated program.
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 displays the college
seal, with the motto, “doce me veritatem,” which translates as
“teach me the truth.”
Mount professors Jill Brennan-Cook, Dianne Murphy, and Andrea
Ackermann offered the graduates words of encouragement and advice
for their upcoming nursing careers.
“This evening signifies the tremendous amount of time and hard
work that brought each student to this moment,” said Murphy.
The newly-minted nurses recited “A Nurse’s Prayer,” which speaks
of dedicating one’s life to helping others.
Erica Vollano of Napanoch, NY, recipient of the class’s
Leadership award, gave her reflections at the ceremony.
“We have come a long way. Our first steps felt scary…and now all
those firsts are merely second nature to our professional nursing
practice,” said Vollano. “Throughout our journey, we have had
wonderful instructors that shared their amazing experiences and
words of wisdom.”
Catherine Brenneman of Stormville, NY earned the General
Excellence in Nursing award. She was enthusiastic about her
accomplishment and her future career, but admitted that she would
miss the camaraderie she found in spades at the Mount.
“I had a great time here and I learned so much,” Brenneman
The graduate credits Murphy with much of her success.
“She was amazing,” said Brenneman. “My time with her was a great
way to end the program. She’s a great lecturer and very supportive
of Mount students.”
Cook explained, “Catherine is a perfect example of an
accelerated student who has juggled her family time around her
school schedule and still obtained exceptional grades.”
Sadhana Subramanian of New Windsor, NY earned the award for
Subramanian, originally of India, described her education
experience as “really wonderful. I have no other words to describe
it. Every class has been like an adventure – a new thing to look
forward to and learn.”
The accelerated adults were also full of praise for their
Matthew Riner of Brewster, NY dedicated his pin to his wife,
Kristen, and his daughter, Emma, “for enduring all the late night
classes and weekend clinical rotations over the years.” He also
thanked his mother, father and sister “for always being there with
words of love and motivation.”
Corinne Pribanich of Danbury, CT said she couldn’t have
graduated without the support of her family – especially her
“I’m so thankful for their love and encouragement throughout
this journey,” she said.
In addition to Vollano, Brenneman, Subramanian, Riner and
Pribanich, the current Mount nursing graduates are: Taj-Monet
Anthony of Middletown, NY, recipient of the Perseverance award;
Kelleigh King of Cold Spring, NY, recipient of the Spirit of
Nursing award; and Elena Ullman-LaDue of Lake Katrine, NY,
recipient of the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society Award for
Leadership; Sandra Carrasquillo of Newburgh, NY; Donna Chan of
Brooklyn, NY; Jennifer Clark of Hyde Park, NY; Janet Conte of
Wallkill, NY; Victoria Cutler of Pine Bush, NY; Stephanie Darrer of
Chester, NY; Jeanine Davison of Rock Tavern, NY; Irene Demata of
Monsey, NY; Nicole Ferrell-Laskowski of Wurtsboro, NY; Pepita Grey
of Port Ewen, NY; Gail Hammer of New Paltz, NY; Jessica Hastings of
Rosendale, NY; Nadine Hutchins of Middletown, NY; Patricia Liardi
of New Windsor, NY; Aimee Luchejko of Monroe, NY; Lisa Magliulo of
Wappingers Falls, NY; Marion Mansueto of Middletown, NY; Elizabeth
Quinones of Washingtonville, NY; Mary Margaret Schneider of New
Paltz, NY; Donna Tabano of Pleasant Valley, NY; Wendy Thai of
Montgomery, NY; Meghan Trainor of Wallkill, NY; Joanne Turner of
Wappingers Falls, NY; Cindy Tyrrell of Fishkill, NY; Jennifer
Vitiello of Hopewell Junction, NY; Jennifer Vogt of Wappingers
Falls, NY; and Dawn Young of Hurleyville, NY.
The nationally accredited nursing program at Mount Saint Mary
College boasts a high NCLEX-RN passage rate that consistently
outperforms the state average.
High-tech patient simulators in the college’s Kaplan Family
Mathematics, Science and Technology Center provide students with
more varied scenarios than might be experienced in a clinical
Extensive clinical and simulator experience helps students
develop decision-making skills and critical thinking for real-world
situations. Experienced Mount nursing graduates are in high
The Mount also offers a fully online RN to BS degree program,
which offers working registered nurses the quality of a traditional
Mount education with the flexibility to fit their schedules.
Mount Saint Mary College, which offers strong fields of study in
health professions, education, business, human services and liberal
arts, is ranked a Top-Tier Regional University by U.S. News
& World Report.