On the Ridge

Nursing Department Bestows Pins Upon 33 Program Graduates

Thirty-three men and women stood in place, palms outstretched, as the Rev. Kevin Creagh, C.M., recited a prayer to bless their hands.

"Lord, give success to the work of your hands in the lives of these nurses. Bless these hands for they do the work of your hands. We pray this through Christ our Lord."

With that, members of the class of 2012 joined the more than 3,500 alumni of Niagara University’s nursing program. The annual Mass and Blessing Ceremony took place Tuesday, May 8, 2012, in Niagara’s Alumni Chapel.

During the homily, Fr. Creagh spoke of the correlation between the nursing profession and Niagara University’s approach to education.

“Both nurses and Niagara University are steadfastly committed to holistically enriching the lives of human beings,” he noted. “At a time when people are increasingly being treated as if they were robots, it is up to us to continue to provide everyone with the personalized attention they deserve.”

Following Fr. Creagh’s message, the graduates were presented with pins symbolizing academic achievement, scholarly learning, professional dedication and Christian commitment. The pins, received by graduates to acknowledge completion of the program, are designed to be unique to the institution where they are attained. Nearly 4,000 nurses have earned pins bearing Niagara University’s name.

The most recent graduates of NU’s RN-to-B.S. completion program celebrated their achievement during a reception at the Castellani Art Museum, where they heard remarks from Dr. Bonnie Rose, executive vice president; Dr. Tim Downs, vice president for academic affairs; Dr. Nancy McGlen, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences; and Dr. Fran Crosby, chair of the nursing department. All touched upon the university’s recent reinstatement its four-year B.S. in nursing and accelerated B.S. in nursing. Both programs received formal approval from the New York State Department of Education last fall. The four-year track will commence in fall 2012 while the accelerated program will begin in May.

For more information on Niagara University’s nursing programs, please visit www.niagara.edu/nursing/.