Sixty-two spring 2014 nursing graduates were presented with their pins and four students inducted into the first cohort of the Alpha Sigma Chapter of the Alpha Delta Nu Nursing Honor Society at a ceremony May 19 in the Collins Arena.
Inducted into the honor society were Michelle Butz, Leah Frangopoulos, Regina Mullen and Hope Otto. Honor Society Members must have a 3.0 GPA, an 85 or better in all courses, and have completed a service project.
Assistant Professor Diane Booker was chosen by the graduating class to be guest speaker. Dianna Phillips, executive vice president of educational services, and Jayne Edman, dean of science and health science, thanked the families for their support. They emphasized that this is not the end of their education, but just the beginning.
Graduate Jessica Collum gave the class oration. Classmates listening tearfully as she recalled events from their nursing journey, including facing the hurdles of Hurricane Sandy and this year’s snowy winter while meeting the demands of classes and clinical. Nursing graduate Michelle Butz gave the welcome address.
The pinning ceremony is an old tradition that marks the completion of the nursing program. Nurses wear their pins on their uniforms at work. Brookdale’s nursing pin was designed in part by Gwen Evans, longtime Brookdale nurse who retired in December. Evans, a ’71 graduate, designed the pin in 1970 with fellow classmate Barbara Hall. After graduating from the Brookdale program, she went on to earn a second associate degree in community mental health from Brookdale and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in labor and employment relations from Rutgers.
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