Christopher DiMare of Staten Island, N.Y. is pinned by his sister, Mount Saint Mary College alumna Alyssa DiMare ’21, on Friday, May 19.
On a beautiful Sunday morning in 2019, Chris DiMare of Staten Island, N.Y. moved into Mount Saint Mary College’s Guzman Hall with a little help from his sister, Alyssa.
Four years later, the bond between DiMare and his sister remains just as strong. Like nearly 500 of his peers, DiMare graduated from the Mount on Saturday, May 20, with his family cheering him on. The day before, Alyssa had presented him with his pin at the college’s annual nurse pinning ceremony.
“Thank you to my family, friends, and professors for always pushing me to do my best in class,” he said. “Without them, I wouldn’t be here today.”
As a freshman, DiMare was happy to be starting his college career with a family member to show him the ropes of both college life and his chosen profession.
“I loved having her here; we would get dinner and hang out,” DiMare said. “And it was great to have a support system to help me get through the classes she already took – she helped me study.”
Throughout his time at the Mount, DiMare sought to serve others. Some of his best moments on campus involved giving campus tours to prospective students, helping out at blood drives hosted by the college’s Student Nurses Association, and spending time in the community honing his nursing skills during his clinical hours.
With graduation under his belt, DiMare is now focusing on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), the final hurdle one must pass to become a practicing nurse. DiMare is confident that his Mount education will serve him well.