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Monday, August 10

Brookdale Newsroom

Completing a Journey
The graduating nursing students.

Ryan Berg getting his nursing pin.

Ryan Berg (right) received his pin from fellow graduate Joy Bamforth.

Eighty-seven nursing graduates participated in the Nursing Pinning Ceremony earlier this month, formally marking the completion of their studies and start of their professional careers.

“The need for skilled individuals such as yourself with talent and compassion has never been greater,”” said President Stout. He concluded his remarks with a quote from Maya Angelou that he said captures the essence of nursing:President David Stout told the graduates that “you have met high standards in earning your degree and it’s time to reflect on your accomplishments.” He added that as members of the healing profession, nurses play a central role in caring for people from diverse backgrounds.

“As a nurse, we have the opportunity to heal the heart, mind, soul and body of our patients, their families and ourselves. They may forget your name, but they will never forget how you made them feel.”

In congratulating the graduates, Health Sciences Institute Dean Jayne Edman told them to “recognize how exceptional all of you are.” She encouraged the graduates to use their blend of wisdom, courage and faith in caring for patients. Edman noted that nursing is one of the most trusted professions and added that she looks forward to the contributions of the graduating class in caring for those in need.

Lisa Piccininni getting her nursing pin.

Lisa Piccininni (right) received her pin from fellow graduate Jessica Pellicane.

Associate Professor Michele Halat served as the guest speaker. In her remarks, Halat discussed the importance and value of empathy and compassion in the nursing profession and life in general. She reminded the graduates of the golden rule – to treat others as you would like to be treated.

“As a nurse, we have the opportunity to heal the heart, mind, soul and body of our patients, their families and ourselves. They may forget your name, but they will never forget how you made them feel.”

-Maya Angelou

“Thank you, and I will miss you,” said Halat to the graduates in concluding her address.

Ryan Berg, one the graduate farewell speakers, congratulated his colleagues on “a job well done.” He added that support from fellow graduates, family and friends, made their achievements possible.

Lisa Piccininni, in her farewell remarks, expressed gratitude on behalf of her fellow graduates to all the nursing faculty and staff for their encouragement, commitment and devotion in and outside the classroom to ensure success.