The MCCC Nursing Program Honors 31 Graduates


Cheers and smiles were the order of the day when Mercer's Nursing program graduates were presented with pins and diplomas at a ceremony on May 17 at Kelsey Theatre. At left, congratulating the graduates on stage, are Acting President Tom Wilfrid, Acting Vice President Mark McCormick, Assistant Vice President Susan Zambrio, and Dean Edwin Martinez.

Nursing faculty members were part of the ceremony. At right faculty member Doreen Carnvale "pins" Melissa Appel.

Director of Nursing Education Linda Martin is in the background.

Linda Martin looks on as valedictorian Barbara Flood gives a dynamic address. She related stories about her classmates who overcame great odds to continue in the program, and thanked the program's instructors and administrators: "I can't begin to appreciate the challenges of ministering to a vastly intercultural class of 20-year-olds as well as 40-year-olds," she said.

She read students the "nine advantages of a nursing profession," which included
"interesting aromas," "the opportunity to expose yourself to rare, exotic and exciting new diseases," and "celebrating holidays with all your friends -- at work."

She received a standing ovation.

The graduates carried flowers created by volunteers from Mercer's Horticulture program.


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