May 21, 2019
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Mount Saint Mary College honored 134 graduates of its prestigious Nursing program at a pinning ceremony on Friday, May 17.
It was one of the largest Nursing classes the Mount has ever pinned, said Christine Berté, assistant professor of Nursing, director of the graduate Nursing program, and chairperson of the college’s School of Nursing.
“The journey to become a registered, professional nurse is not an easy one,” explained Berté. “These students have just reached a milestone. They are now ready to make the transition from student nurse to graduate nurse.”
The nurse pinning has long been a prelude to the Mount’s annual Commencement ceremony. The next day, May 18, the college awarded degrees to 600 graduates, including the newly-minted nurses.
Fr. Gregoire Fluet, chaplain and director of Campus Ministry at the Mount, 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 and motto, “doce me veritatem,” which translates as “teach me the truth.”
Dr. Jason Adsit, president of the college, commended the students on a job well done.
“This is a very special day,” he said. “It’s your entrance into the absolutely noble profession of nursing. Congratulations to all of you.”
The ceremony’s keynote speaker was Andrea Ackermann, professor emerita of Nursing. Ackermann taught at the Mount for nearly two decades and retired at the conclusion of the Fall 2018 semester. The beloved professor was instrumental in the success of the Class of 2019.
“This is a remarkable group of nurses with great promise for the future,” she said. “I know you will continue to learn and develop your nursing way of thinking, your nursing point of view, and most importantly, your nursing way of caring.”
Ackermann noted that the Class of 2019 has done hundreds of hours of community health education and service, at organizations such as the Newburgh Armory Unity Center and the Newburgh Ministry. In doing so, the graduates are some of the most caring she’s ever taught, Ackermann explained.
“Remember these words: hope, compassion, acceptance, comfort, and kindness,” she said. “I have seen this level of humanity from you as you moved though the nursing program.”
Nicholas Terzulli of Brooklyn, N.Y., who received the AMA NY Future Nurse Leader Award at the pinning, offered his reflections on the group’s journey from novices to graduates. He credited their professors with molding them into the knowledgeable and confident professionals they are today.
“We have spent the last four years in pursuit of a common goal – being the best nurse we could be,” he said. “We must never forget the foundation that the Mount has given us.”
He added, “During my time here, I’ve learned to look at each clinical, each person, and each day with optimism throughout the good and bad times. My fellow classmates…you have the ability to change lives.”
The graduates were thankful for the mentoring of the Mount’s nursing professors. Tam Uyen Lam of Marlboro, N.Y., who earned the Sigma Theta Tau Leadership Award at the pinning, applauded her professors for their tireless dedication.
“I am forever grateful for…the faculty and staff of Mount Saint Mary College, for giving us a foundation though your voices,” she said.
The graduates were also full of praise for their families. Brooke Pavao of Watertown, Conn. was pinned by her sister, Lauren. “A very special thank you to my family for their support and encouragement,” she said.
Susan LaRocco, Dean of Mount Saint Mary College’s School of Nursing, recognized several students for excellence in their studies and dedication to the field.
In addition to Lam and Terzulli, award recipients were Victoria Mannone of Oceanside, N.Y., who was given the General Excellence in Nursing Award; Callaghan Brennan of Massapequa, N.Y., who received the School of Nursing Clinical Excellence Award; Nicole Laghezza of Sayville, N.Y., who got the School of Nursing Leadership Award; and Lily Chimenti of Stony Brook, N.Y, who earned both the Spirit of Nursing Award and the Perseverance Award. The Daisy Award, for a hardworking Nursing faculty member, was given Christine Berté.
To close out the ceremony, the proud graduates recited “A Nurse’s Prayer,” which speaks of dedicating one’s life to helping others.
Additional Mount graduates who received their nursing pin on Friday, May 17 are: Kathleen Abbott of New Paltz, N.Y.; Melanie Alejandro of Beacon, N.Y.; Sasha Ashley of the Bronx, N.Y.; Chelsea Barberan of Fishkill, N.Y.; Karima Bengalla of Hopewell Junction, N.Y.; Sydney Bennett of Gardiner, N.Y.; James Blais of Washingtonville, N.Y.; Courtney Bordiga of Dix Hills, N.Y.; Tyhisha Boston of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Josie Bruno of Clintondale, N.Y.; Kymberly Busatti of Amawalk, N.Y.; Margot Cano of Danbury, Conn.; Emily Carboine of Hauppauge, N.Y.; Allison Cassidy of Hopewell Junction, N.Y.; Eileen Cassidy of Patterson, N.Y.; Isabella Castrogiovanni of Bristol, Conn.; Alexander Cattaneo of Watertown, Conn.; Jessica Cima of East Haven, N.Y.; Elizabeth Cipriano of the Bronx, N.Y.; Caitlin Cleary of Beacon, N.Y.; Liza Colarossi of Norwalk, Conn.; Shaun Coon of Selden, N.Y.; Nicole Copeland of Newburgh, N.Y.; Nadine Corona of Franklin Square, N.Y.; Kimberly Cotov of Middletown, N.Y.; Francesca Cretella of Staten Island, N.Y.; Maricate Cusack of Island Park, N.Y.; Victoria Dalton of Monroe, N.Y.; Natalie De La Cruz of Goshen, N.Y.; Danielle Deehan of Hopewell Junction, N.Y.; Matthew DiBono of Miller Place, N.Y.; Joseph DiCapua of Seaford, N.Y.; Cassidy Dickman of Olivebridge, N.Y.; Jenna Dolbier of Shelton, Conn.; Victoria Dowd of Levittown, N.Y.; Kathryn Eiler of Merrick, N.Y.; Katie Enderes of Westtown, N.Y.; Robert Englehart of Slate Hill, N.Y.; Rene Fahey of Highland, N.Y.; Ryan Feeney of Niskayuna, N.Y.; Sandra Mae Fuentes of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Kenneth Gallagher of Northport, N.Y.; Sarah Galloway of Naugatuck, Conn.; Jessica Garcia of Pleasant Valley, N.Y.; Kaila Gil of Trumbull, Conn.; Michelle Gildea of Washingtonville, N.Y.; Emily Givler of Stormville, N.Y.; Ashley Gonzalez of Carmel, N.Y.; Amanda Greenwood of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Shakira Grisales of Middletown, N.Y.; Stephanie Harrigan of Seaford, N.Y.; Samantha Hartshorn of Carmel, N.Y.; Siidra Hayden of Newburgh, N.Y.; Erin Heneghan of South Windsor, N.Y.; Victoria Hermann of Wappingers Falls, N.Y.; Mirna Hernandez of Mahopac, N.Y.; Tabia Herring of Newburgh, N.Y.; Amanda Hidalgo of Monroe, N.Y.; Diana Houston of Newburgh, N.Y.; Mary Jurkowitsch of Selden, N.Y.; Kathryn Kelly of Stormville, N.Y.; Elizabeth Kenney of East Northport, N.Y.; Jacqueline Kenny of Florida, N.Y.; Kathryn Kerins of Sandy Hook, N.Y.; Victoria Kobayashi of River Edge, N.J.; Chrysta Kotash of New Windsor, N.Y.; Alyssa Kotash of New Windsor, N.Y.; Angelie Labarbera of Warwick, N.Y.; Sarah LaMonica of Wappingers Falls, N.Y.; Lauren LeGere of Ballston Lake, N.Y.; Gabriella Lukan of Chester, N.Y.; Lauren Lynch of Hopewell Junction, N.Y.; Nicole Lynch of Stormville, N.Y.; Jade Lynn of Oakville, Conn.; Laura Mallon of Wantagh, N.Y.; Victoria Mannone of Oceanside, N.Y.; Deirdre McCool of Belle Harbor, N.Y.; Keara McCrory of Stormville, N.Y.; Samantha McCrory of Stormville, N.Y.; Meghan McDonough of Holbrook, N.Y.; Lindsay McGuire of Newburgh, N.Y.; Alyssa McNally of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; Selena Mendoza of Valhalla, N.Y.; Janice Mercado of South Ozone Park, N.Y.; Vanessa Micciola of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Christopher Miles of Wallkill, N.Y.; Taylor Miller of Miller Place, N.Y.; Carolina Molina of West Hempstead, N.Y.; Nicole Monahan of Cromwell, Conn.; Christina Monello of Middletown, N.Y.; Miranda Montagna of Naugatuck, Conn.; Susan Moody of Hurleyville, N.Y.; Joseph Moschetto of East Isip, N.Y.; Nicolette Moustouka of Massapequa, N.Y.; Joseph Neithardt of Carmel, N.Y.; Alexis Oliva of Wappingers Falls, N.Y.; Lindsay Ostrander of Wallkill, N.Y.; Maeve O’Sullivan of New Hyde Park, N.Y.; Theresa O’Toole of Staten Island, N.Y.; Michael Palumbo of Brookfield, Conn.; Lauren Pecorale of Middletown, N.Y.; Meria Petit-Bois of Spring Valley, N.Y.; Elaina Poli of Sayville, N.Y.; Brandon Purcell of Kingston, N.Y.; Courtney Raifstanger of Webster, N.Y.; Alissa Ramos of Goshen, N.Y.; Margarett Reid of New Windsor, N.Y.; Monica Rivera of Poughquag, N.Y.; Silvana Roldan of Wappingers Falls, N.Y.; Marissa Rosa of Selden, N.Y.; Benjamin Ryan of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; Shannon Ryan of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Katelyn Sadler of Natural Bridge, N.Y.; Julia Sas of New Fairfield, Conn.; Lauren Schroeder of Wantagh, N.Y.; Alexis Semler of East Northport, N.Y.; Meghan Sepega of Brandord, Conn.; Emily Stanek of Hopewell Junction, N.Y.; Autumn Straley of Millbrook, N.Y.; Megan Subers of Manasquan, N.J.; Trisha Tally of Yorktown Heights, N.Y.; Chantel Thompson of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; Lauren Tierney of Patterson, N.Y.; Trang Truong of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; Nicholas Tsatsis of Rockaway Park, N.Y.; Patricia Uzzalino of Park Ridge, N.J.; Maryn Vaillancourt of Watertown, Conn.; and Natalia Valencia Hinga of Middletown, N.Y.