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St. Francis ‘pins’ record nursing class

These 20 University Saint Francis Crown Point associate nursing graduates attended recent pinning ceremony marking their achievement. It was Crown

These 20 University of Saint Francis Crown Point associate of nursing graduates attended a recent pinning ceremony, marking their achievement. It was the Crown Point campus' largest class. | Supplied photo

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About 400 attendees watched 20 nursing graduates receive their pins during a recent ceremony.

It was the largest class in University of Saint Francis Crown Point history.

Provost Rolf Daniel and Assistant Provost Andrew Prall made comments and conferred degrees on the following graduates: D’Yonna McClore, Sauk Village, Ill.; Saundra Phillips, Gary; Kristin Bartholomew, Hobart; Jamie Daniels, Crown Point; Jennifer Asher, Lowell; Pamela Smith, Schererville; Bernita Givens, Gary; Udezuo Okoye, Merrillville; Tricia Dzieciolowski, Munster, and Roshanda Grayson-Thomas, Portage. Also: Nouha Elomar, Lowell; Kathleen Robertson, Crown Point; Susan Bero, Crown Point; Roberto Luna, Hammond; April Martin, Crown Point; Valarie Farris, Hammond; Amy Morgan, Crown Point; Diana Gonzalez, Chesterton; Aimee Stoker, Rensselear, and Patricia Noble, Crown Point.

The associate of nursing graduates will complete the National Council Licensure Examination of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, which measures competencies for effective performance as a newly licensed nurse.

“Our pinning ceremony is a transformative moment in which our students become nursing professionals,” Prall said. “For our faculty and staff, as well as the students’ family members, the ceremony is a fulfilling and moving occasion. We are full of pride when we see our newly pinned nurses take their expertise into the field, backed by our outstanding reputation in the health sciences.”

Added USF program director Margaret Stoffregen-DeYoung: “The pinning ceremony is our opportunity to celebrate the achievements of these dedicated students. Nursing students work hard to get to this point, and they should be proud. It is nice to have this opportunity, along with family and friends, to recognize their accomplishments.”



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