Sixty-eight students in Niagara University’s College of Nursing participated in a time-honored tradition when they were presented with pins signifying academic achievement, scholarly learning, professional dedication, and Christian commitment during a ceremony on Friday, May 13, 2022, in the Gallagher Center on the university’s campus.
Margarita Coyne, associate dean of NU’s College of Nursing, welcomed students and their families to a ceremony that included remarks and reflections by the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M, Niagara University president; the Rev. Aidan R. Rooney, C.M., vice president for Mission Integration; and Dr. Christine Verni, dean of the College of Nursing. Music was provided by theatre students Ryan Henneberger and Gabrielle Iacona.
DAISY awards were also presented to faculty member Dr. Maria Frosini-Gadawski, a 2000 alumna of the college, for her exceptional impact on her students and her inspirational influence on their future, and to students Madilyn Wiles and Joshua Zon for their commitment to extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate patient care.
During the ceremony, the students’ hands were blessed and anointed, and they were led in the recitation of the Nurse’s Creed by Dr. Frosini-Gadawski.
Father Rooney blessed the pins, which have been bestowed upon and proudly worn by more than 3,500 Niagara nurses to acknowledge their entry into the nursing profession. The newest Niagara nurses to receive pins were:
RN to BSN
Gabrielle Della Penna
Hanlin ‘Elliot’ Song
Niagara University has a long history of nursing education with a proud legacy of successful and engaged alumni. Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), Niagara University's College of Nursing offers offer two different degree programs: a bachelor of science degree in nursing and a one-year accelerated B.S. in nursing. For more information, visit https://www.niagara.edu/nursing/.