Rhode Island College, Office of College Communications and Marketing, News Release

Release Date: May 14, 2013

Contact: Laura Meade Kirk, 401-456-8964, lkirk@ric.edu

RIC Honors 77 Nursing Graduates During Pinning Ceremony

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Friends and family of Rhode Island College’s graduating nursing students packed Roberts Hall on May 13 for their pinning ceremony, a tradition that welcomes them to the nursing profession.

The 77 nursing students will receive their bachelor of science in nursing degrees during the college’s commencement ceremony on Saturday (May 18).

 “The (pinning) ceremony was very meaningful and a truly joyous occasion,” said Jane Williams, dean of the Rhode Island College School of Nursing. “The pinning is a time when they really are taking on the responsibilities of the profession, and those are profound -- to provide expert, competent and knowledgeable care to people in extreme health situations and to take on the responsibility of making the world a healthier place.”

Pinning has become a symbolic ritual for new nursing graduates. Originally created by the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing in London, the tradition became widely used in the United Sates by the early 1900s.

Each nursing school’s pin is unique to its program, which ties together students who, Williams said, develop deep relationships and experiences with each other during their collegiate careers.

Williams and Yolande Lockett, department chair, presented each 2013 graduate with a pin that includes the Rhode Island College seal, a flame representing knowledgand the image of a lantern symbolizing the one that Nightingale, the founder ofmodern nursing, once carried.

“Our pin has a beautiful meaning. It’s a symbol of (the students’) commitment to all the values of the profession that we certainly try to instill in our students,” Williams said.

Lori Keough, the former state director of nurse registration and nursing education for the Rhode Island Department of Health, delivered the keynote address, based on the student-chosen theme of “Embracing a World View.”

Keough earned her BSN and M.Ed. in Health and Community Education from Rhode Island College. She also has a Ph.D. and is an assistant professor of community nursing at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. 

May 2013 Nursing Graduates
Omotola Awobajo, RN Cynthia Monteliberto Lopes, RN
Joanne Barrett, RN Robin Mycroft
Jonathan Benevides Amy Neveu
Tania Bettencourt Elizabeth Nin
Sarah Bolduc Uzoamaka Onwuamaegbu
Carolyn Briggs Meredith Ouellette
Cynthia Brisbane Natalia Pardey
Mary Brogno Rebecca Pearcey
Jessica Brown Kimberly Plante, RN
***Meghan Butka Nicole Proulx
Lindsey Capaldi Kyla Puccini
Wendy Chicoine, RN Kayla Reposa
Tetyana Chmyrova Stephanie Resendes
Elizabeth Clampett Alisha Rioles
Allegra Costa Danielle Rondeau
Donna Costantino Sarah Satterlee
Danielle Dionne Aitken Jennifer Scanlon
Florence Dolivramento, RN Amy Schenck
Jaclyn Eastman Kristy Schultheiss
Sarah Emmott Wendy Seufert
Bethany Freidl Naomi Siwy
Gloria Garcia Shana Siwy
Debbie Griffin, RN Katelin Smith
Jamie Hadayia Summer Smith
Linda Hancock **Taiwo Sodipo-Kuforiji, RN
Meghan Harwood Stephanie Sousa, RN
Misey Hul Samantha Steinberg
Robert Jarbadan Jennifer Tainsh
Emily Kitchen Michele Tenaglia
Amanda Kopka Xay Thao
Vyacheslav Krishchuk Amanda Tibbetts, RN
*Meagan Lasorsa Erin Toth
Arielle Lee Holley Tucker
Alison Massed Gina Vigorito, RN
Sabrina Mastrangelo Brittany Wallin
Julie Matuszek Katherine Waters
Phina Mayu Christina Watts
Kaleigh McGrath Brittany Williams
Ariana Meyers, RN Kristine Winiarski
Wynter Miceli  
*    Nursing Faculty Award for Academic Excellence
**   Nursing Faculty Award for Academic Excellence RN
***  Nursing Faculty Award for Service Excellence