by Kathryn Sill, Public Relations Writer
The ceremony will include an opening processional of graduates and faculty, along with a welcome from Angelia Mickle, D.N.P., dean of the school of nursing. Lt. General (Ret.) Loren Reno, vice president for academics, will deliver opening remarks and a prayer. Mark McClain, Ph.D., dean of graduate and extended learning programs, will thank families and friends for sharing this special day and offer the closing prayer.
Graduates from the BSN program will receive a pin from Mickle and Amy Voris, D.N.P., assistant dean and director of undergraduate nursing programs, to symbolize the completion of their studies. MSN graduates will be hooded by Sharon Christman, Ph.D., assistant dean and director for Graduate Nursing Programs, along with graduate program faculty. The celebration features a time of praise and worship, led by members of Cedarville’s Christian Nursing Association (CNA) chapter.
The ceremony also features academic, character, and clinical awards for students and preceptors, along with a unique “Surrendering of Hands” prayer time.
“The Surrendering of Hands is new for this year’s ceremony,” said Mickle. “Families will pray over the graduates as they go into the world and use their hands to impact the lives of others, for God’s glory.”
This year marks the 31st graduating class from the school of nursing, which has prepared more than 1,700 nurses to enter the medical field over the past four decades. As part of its celebration of more than 30 years as a program, the school of nursing has developed a giving campaign for alumni in honor of founding faculty.
“Last year, we introduced the 30/30 campaign to our alumni,” said Mickle. “The 30/30 campaign seeks sustainability for our school of nursing. We have spent the last 30 years sending Christian nurses into the world and we want to continue this mission for another 30 more years and beyond.”
“Every time we graduate a class, it’s emotionally stirring,” Mickle said. “As professors we invest in our student’s lives. Prayerfully, this results in the quality education of Christian nurses who are committed to having national and global impact for the kingdom. This is what matters.”
Each year, graduating nursing students choose a class verse. I Peter 4:10, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms” is the verse the 2016 nursing class chose, and it perfectly sums up their mission!
Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 3,711 undergraduate, graduate, and online students in more than 100 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and leading student satisfaction ratings. For more information about the University, visit www.cedarville.edu.