Nursing Department Bestows Pins on 40 Program Graduates

May 8, 2015  |  by Michael Freedman

  • Nurse Pinning Ceremony
  • Nurse Pinning Ceremony
  • Nurse Pinning Ceremony
  • Nurse Pinning Ceremony
  • Nurse Pinning Ceremony
  • Nurse Pinning Ceremony

Niagara University punctuated the celebration of National Nurses Week with its nursing program’s annual Mass and Blessing Ceremony, held Friday, May 8, 2015, in NU’s Alumni Chapel.

Forty men and women participated in the pinning ceremony, which serves as the symbolic welcoming of newly graduated nurses into the nursing profession.

Following a homily by the Rev. Vincent O’Malley, C.M., university chaplain, the graduates were presented with pins signifying 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.

Father O’Malley then recited a prayer to bless the graduates’ 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.”

Congratulations to the following graduates:


  • Holly Detlef
  • Ambur Farmer
  • Jannet Harkins
  • Lauren Hourihan
  • Ebony Nelson
  • Chelsea O’Laughlin
  • Alyssa Oswald
  • Amy Pokelwaldt
  • Samantha Saraceno
  • Jasmine Szafranski
  • Eugenia Taylor
  • Katherine Trompeter


  • Eugenia Agyemang
  • Tabitha Akuoko
  • Senait Gebrekristos
  • Samantha Goldbach
  • Heather Grimwood
  • Tiffany Harris
  • Samantha Jemiolo
  • Claire Kyhos
  • Paige Matecki
  • Milka Ndura
  • Brittany Nichols
  • Amanda Phillips
  • Maria Rutkowski
  • Erin Schultz
  • Mandy Space
  • Yuan Tian
  • Rachael Tober
  • Shannon Toole
  • Caley Wekenmann

RN-to-BS Completion

  • Jenna Alfano
  • Michaela Carey
  • Kenneth Che
  • Jennifer Lute
  • Robert Miljour
  • Mary Reilly
  • Kimberly Rizzo
  • Kalli Schultz
  • Brandon Winkley

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

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