By Katherine Tam / Photography by Susan Merrell
June 14, 2021
Persevering through a pandemic and other challenges, students marked the completion of their rigorous first year in the Master's Entry Program in Nursing with a Pinning Ceremony on June 11, 2021.
The ceremony is a time-honored nursing school tradition that dates back to 1855, and includes the recitation of the nursing pledge. It also marks the students' matriculation into the two-year master’s program portion of their training, after they sit for the board exam to become licensed registered nurses this summer.
The ceremony was held in-person in Health Sciences West on the Parnassus Heights campus, with Dean Catherine Gilliss' approval. Associate professor Deena Mallareddy delivered the keynote speech and Kevin McGirr served as the faculty speaker. The student speakers were Maritza Franqui and Sylvie Lauzon. Gal Haroush and Mel Im-Giuffrida were honored as the recipients of the Cait Walsh Award.