Worcester State College 2009 Nurse Pinning

59 Nursing Students Honored at Pinning Ceremony

May 18, 2009
By: WSU News

Worcester State College’s 33rd annual Nurse Pinning Ceremony recognized its graduates in a ceremony steeped in tradition, May 14, 2009.  According to Jilian Parzych, co-president of the Nursing Class of 2009, “Men and women from different cultures and backgrounds came to Worcester State College, but we are all nurses.  Some of us came from a long-line of nurses going back decades and some have known since childhood that they would pursue nursing.”

Dr. Barbara Giguere, RN, PhD., who delivered the keynote address, said that the profession has evolved a great deal in its history from a time when hospitals did not exist and care of the sick was in the hands of family members to today, where nurses are highly qualified professionals working for the care of patients using ever-advancing technology.

President Janelle Ashley praised the students, “You are very special and occupy a special place in my heart,” she said.  “You have chosen a profession to serve mankind in it’s weakest moments.”

The pinning ceremony was planned and organized by the 2009 senior nursing officers including Co-Presidents Elyse Lavin and Jilian Parzych; Co-Vice Presidents Nadine Malatesta and Amy Monaghan; Secretary Shaun L’Esperance; Treasurer Timily Henrickson; Class Representatives Tara Bonardi and Nicole Carvelli; and Advisors/Instructors Ellen Rearick and Kate Baldor.

As part of the ceremony, the WSC Chorale, under direction of Professor Christie Nigro, performed two songs.

Nursing Graduates:


Ana Arenas
Jessica Bernard*
Patricia Blake
Anna Bodus
Tara Bonardi
Katelyn Bonetti*
Marguerite Bovaird
Nicole Carvelli
Christopher Ciancitto
Alyssa Diaz
Alicia Denning
Stephanie Dodd*
Katherine Dufresne*
Amanda Dulmaine
Michelle Frazier
Stephanie Godfroy
Samantha Graham*
Angela Grella
Timily Henrickson*
Christie Hudson*
Jessalyn Hyland
Michele Kulis*
Michele Lacombe*
Katie Ladden*
Elyse Lavin*
Shaun L’Esperance*
Nadine Malatesta
Julie Mead
Ashley Moffitt
Amy Monaghan
Stephanie Morin
Kaitlin O’Donnell
Jennifer Panorese
Jaquelynn Parenteau
Lynne Pottle*
Alysa Rentschler
Kellie Spada*
Kristin Stolfi
Jennifer Tellier
Rebecca Terrill
Sara Tisdel
Amanda Washkevich

RN to BS

Caroline Adu*
Deborah Akrasi*
Maxwell Appiah*
Samira Duarte*
Amanam Ekwere*
Paula Fahlstrom
Virginia Haddad
Augusta Ishola*
Grace Karuu
Anne Kiraithe*
Denise Kobel
Lucy Muigai*
Nicole Murawski*
Elisabeth St. Germaine
Ritah Waweru
Carol West*
Kate Wohlander
*Denotes Sigma Theta Tau Inductees

Students receiving awards:

Academic Achievement Award   
Jilian Parzych

Clinical Excellence in the Art and
Science of Nursing Award
Marguerite Bovaird

Lillian Goodman Award    
Anne Kiraithe RN

Florence Nightingale Award  
Jessica Bernard

Spirit of Nursing Award   
Shaun L’Esperance

Fairlawn Rehabilitation Award
Jennifer Tellier


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