Nursing Department Bestows Pins on 18 Program Graduates

May 3, 2013  |  by Michael Freedman

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Eighteen women stood in place, palms outstretched, as the Rev. Kevin Creagh, C.M., recited a prayer to bless their hands.

“Lord, give success to the work of your hands in the lives of these nurses. Bless these hands for they do the work of your hands. We pray this through Christ our Lord.”

With that, members of the class of 2013 joined the more than 3,500 alumni of Niagara University’s nursing program. The annual Mass and Blessing Ceremony took place Tuesday, May 3, 2013, in Niagara’s Alumni Chapel.

Following Father Creagh’s homily, the graduates were presented with pins symbolizing academic achievement, scholarly learning, professional dedication and Christian commitment. The pins, received by graduates to acknowledge completion of the program, are designed to be unique to the institution where they are attained.

Congratulations to the following graduates:

  • Julie Bajor (Ransomville, N.Y.)
  • Amber Bougard (North Tonawanda, N.Y.)
  • Brittany Braasch (Derby, N.Y.)
  • Alison Butler (Buffalo, N.Y.)
  • Essence Chestnut (Amherst, N.Y.)
  • Lauren Fontaine (Windsor, Ontario, Canada
  • Cara Gabriele (Youngstown, N.Y.)
  • Laxey Lynch (Grand Island, N.Y.)
  • Jennifer MacNichols (Akron, N.Y.)
  • Samantha Maj (Lewiston, N.Y.)
  • Nicole Maloney (Hamburg, N.Y.)
  • Diane Marchitte (West Seneca, N.Y.)
  • Michelle Nicht (Buffalo, NY
  • Cynthia Pietrzykowski (North Tonawanda, N.Y.)
  • Chelsea Raymond (Lewiston, N.Y.)
  • Lynn Sawicki (Buffalo, N.Y.)
  • Brianna Steel (Newfane, N.Y.)
  • Athena Tucker (North Tonawanda, N.Y.)

The most recent graduates of NU’s highly regarded nursing curriculum celebrated their achievement during a post-event reception at the Castellani Art Museum.

Additional photos are available on Niagara University’s Facebook page.

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