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The College of Staten Island Honors Graduates, Bestows Scholarships

GRADUATION DAY: Mary O'Donnell, PhD, RN, (center) chairwoman of the College of Staten Island's department of nursing, and New York Sen. Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island), congratulate new graduates, (from left) Christian Narducci, Frank Guanti and Christine Taverna. courtesy College of Staten Island
The College of Staten Island (CSI) honored its January 2009 Associate of Applied Science nursing graduates Jan. 15 in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.

A diverse group of 81 graduate nurses received their nursing pins and took the International Council of Nurses Pledge during the traditional Nightingale lamp ceremony.

The student speaker was Francis McCarthy; Christian Narducci, the student chairman, was master of ceremonies and New York Sen. Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island) was the guest speaker.

The graduates dedicated the ceremony to autism awareness and made a donation in the name of the class of January 2009 to a preschool and child care center that cares for children with autism. The class members also wore flowers with an autism-awareness ribbon.

The college also awarded scholarships to students this month:

·        Receiving the Dr. Else T. Marcus Memorial Scholarship were Lauren Berger, Vladimir Kotelnik, Iranthi Peiris, Nicole Saponaro and Yury Viknevich;

·        Hassan Bilikisu received the Student Government Scholarship;

·        Cynthia Karczewski received the Weisser Graduate Nurse Scholarship;

·        Anastasiya Outkina received the Philippine Medical Association Scholarship;

·        Aimee Payumo received the Ephraim Bodine Memorial Scholarship;

·        Christen Trapani received the Sgt. Franklin Afferton III Scholarship;

·        Jeremy Torres  received the Jessica Palys Memorial Scholarship - Nursing, the Santo Petruzzello Memorial Scholarship, the Marie M. Afferton RN Scholarship, and the Alumni Association Nursing Scholarship.

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