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TRINITAS SCHOOL OF NURSING GRADUATES 65
Sixty-five students received their nursing diplomas at the Trinitas School of Nursing (TSON) Convocation Ceremony held at St. Michael’s Church in Cranford. Surrounded by family, friends, and staff that provided guidance along the way, 11 men and 54 women proudly accepted their pins and began a new chapter in their lives. This was the 158th Convocation Ceremony in the school's illustrious 125-year history.

“As a faith-based organization, it was important to the staff at TSON that the ceremony be held at a more private location,” stated Donna M. Penn, MSN, RN, CNE, Dean of the Trinitas School of Nursing. “Moving the location to St. Michael’s also allowed us to connect back to the School's mission and values.”

Affiliated with Union County College, the program also awards Associates in Science Degrees to the graduates. The ceremony began with "America the Beautiful," sung by graduate nurse Jessica Tecson of Union, NJ. The Senior Class Address was delivered by graduate nurse Craig Jordan of Somerville, NJ. He recapped the highs and lows of their time at TSON, highlighting the close relationships between faculty and students in the school's family-oriented learning environment. He also stated his belief that the graduates will go on to change lives and save lives in the community, and, at the same time, further diversify health care in the region.

Graduates who received Nursing High Honors were Stephanie Aviles (Clark, NJ) and Katherine Loveland (Cranford, NJ). Those who received Nursing Honors include: Marieli Roxanne L. Agustin (Edison, NJ), Jenny A. Botero (Staten Island, NY), Franklin J. Calderon (Kearny, NJ), Kenneth E. Castro (Elizabeth, NJ), Nadiya Cherba (Linden, NJ), Rebecca M. Cuzzola (Elizabeth, NJ), Sarah F. Floyd (Elizabeth, NJ), Emma Gustafsson (Clark, NJ), Daphne Y. Hart (Scotch Plains, NJ), Magda K. Kubisiak (Linden,NJ), Guadalupita M. Marmol (Elizabeth, NJ), Melissa McKoy (Roselle, NJ), Alyssa F. Pangilinan (Summit, NJ), Joseph F. Roy (Roselle Park, NJ), Kelly T. Ocampo Vivas (Elizabeth, NJ), and Angela Jean Yeaple (Linden, NJ).

Also graduating from the School of Nursing are: Janelle M. Agyilirah (Bloomfield, NJ), Farouk H. Alhassan (Union, NJ), Janet Abrafi Amoako (Union, NJ), Jessica Arcila (Elizabeth, NJ), Michelle R. Austin (Scotch Plains, NJ), Krystal G. Barragan (Elizabeth, NJ), Patricia May Barredo (Elizabeth, NJ), Melissa Bell (Brooklyn, NY), Rinki Benjamin (Jersey City, NJ), Dan Angelo Caliolio (North Brunswick, NJ), Omer Chohan (East Brunswick, NJ), Priscilla Correa (Elizabeth, NJ), Theresa Ann T. DeLeon (Union, NJ), Donna D. DeVaughn (Union, NJ), Brittany N. Doby (Union, NJ), Katherine Cristina Duche (Jersey City, NJ), Gerena Suzette Garrido (Union, NJ), Luis O. Huayta (Plainfield, NJ), Milissa B. Hurtado (Scotch Plains, NJ), Jasmine Patrice Jones (Rahway, NJ), Craig G. Jordan (Somerville, NJ), Sarah Lawrence (Staten Island, NY), Caren L. McCain (Vauxhall, NJ), Ik McPaul (Plainfield, NJ), Stephanie F. Meiz (Jersey City, NJ), Mousumi S. Mitra (Metuchen, NJ), Jonida Molla (Staten Island, NY), Nataliya Nemtseva (New Providence, NJ), Justus O. Nyamwancha (Bayonne, NJ), Jemimah Omwaga (Union, NJ), Denis Javier Orellana (Linden, NJ), Siza Patel (Jersey City, NJ), Kimberly Ramos (Fanwood, NJ), Corey Lynn Robinson (Vauxhall, NJ), Awilla Rodriguez (Elizabeth, NJ), Daisy L. Saravia-Vaquerano (Elizabeth, NJ), Alexandra E. Silva (Monroe Township, NJ), Ana Silva (Elizabeth, NJ), Catarina Suarez (Vauxhall, NJ), Christiana N. Tanoh (Jersey City, NJ), Jessica Grace N. Tecson (Union, NJ), Marie Stephanie Telisme (Brooklyn, NY), Jasmine V. Valdez (Linden, NJ), Adriana Velasquez (Linden, NJ), Tiara Whitney-Carmichael (Brooklyn, NY), Doris R. Williams (Elizabeth, NJ), Felicida J.C. Williams (Fords, NJ).

Trinitas School of Nursing, operated jointly by Trinitas Regional Medical Center and Union County College, currently holds full accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), and the New Jersey State Board of Nursing. The National League for Nursing has awarded the School of Nursing a re-designation as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education from 2015-2020 for "Creating Environments that Enhance Student Learning and Professional Development." All eligible faculty hold certifications as NLN-Certified Nurse Educators (CNE). The School also holds a 20-year, 40-class national licensing examination (NCLEX) passage rate of 97% on first writing.

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About Trinitas School of Nursing
Trinitas School of Nursing conducts a Cooperative Nursing Program with Union County College and confers a Diploma in Nursing from Trinitas and an Associate Degree from the College. Initially offering nursing studies as the Elizabeth General Medical Center School of Nursing, Trinitas School of Nursing has been in continuous operation since 1891. The Cooperative Nursing Program offers a Diploma in Nursing from Trinitas School of Nursing and an Associate in Science Degree from Union County College upon successful completion of the curriculum. Fully accredited by the New Jersey State Board of Nursing and the Accreditation Commission for Nursing Education, Inc., the program offers a basic course of study in nursing. It provides a sound theoretical base of knowledge in the nursing, biological, behavioral and sociological sciences and integrates this knowledge into academic and practical experiences within the health and illness continuum of client care. Utilization of a variety of health care agencies facilitates the application of all aspects of the students’ learning. Students earn a total of 75 credits in the Cooperative Nursing Program. Upon graduation, students are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX) for Registered Nurse Licensure. For information about the program of study at Trinitas School of Nursing, call 908-659-5200.

Posted: June 13, 2017

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