CU nursing students celebrate graduation with pinning ceremony

CU nursing students celebrate graduation with pinning ceremony

Jan. 9, 2013
For Immediate Release

Campbellsville University School of Nursing graduates for 2012 are, from left-- First row: Mary Wise, Campbellsville, Ky.; Kristen Wilson, Campbellsville, Ky.; Jessica Ulrich, Bardstown, Ky.; Jodi Tungate, Bradfordsville, Ky.; Connie Robertson, Liberty, Ky.; Brittany Skaggs, Mt. Sherman, Ky.; Brenda Smith, Russell Springs, Ky.; and Kelly Stone, Greensburg, Ky.

Second row: Joni Reynolds, Campbellsville, Ky.; Keely Pittman, Campbellsville, Ky.; Krysta Lenington, Danville, Ky.; Amanda Anderson, Campbellsville, Ky.; Addie Hawkins, Magnolia, Ky.; Brittany Knifley, Campbellsville, Ky.; and Amy Leeds, Big Clifty, Ky.

Third row: James Edmonds, Campbellsville, Ky.; Gary Drake, Hodgenville, Ky.; Leeta Dial, Campbellsville, Ky.; Sally Butler, Cecilia, Ky.; Suzanne Davis, Campbellsville, Ky.; and Amanda Conner, Albany, Ky.

Back row: Christy Burriss, Greensburg, Ky.; Tabatha Bryant, Russell Springs, Ky.; Mary Brock, Louisville, Ky.; Amanda Booher, Munfordville, Ky.; Angie Atwood, assistant professor of nursing, Greensburg, Ky.; Stephanie Akin, Columbia, Ky.; Cassandra Blevins, Liberty, Ky.; and Kymberleigh Carter, Greensburg, Ky.

By Christina L. Kern, office assistant

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Campbellsville University’s School of Nursing graduated 28 students in December, the largest nursing class yet for Campbellsville University, Dr. Bob Wade, dean of the School of Nursing, said at the December pinning ceremony.

 “Nursing is a calling,” Dr. Frank Cheatham, senior vice president for academic affairs at Campbellsville University, said. “You’re not doing it for the money; it’s a hard job. Thank you for accepting this calling. I look forward to having a nurse who believes this is a calling.”

December CU nursing graduate Joni Reynolds of Campbellsville spoke on behalf of the class at the pinning ceremony. “In the dictionary, a nurse is described as someone who cares for the sick. I would add: dedicated, focused, critical thinkers, large bladders, maybe slightly insane and passionate. We have practiced this passion for two years.

“School gives you the framework. After one day of work, you can lay one brick to represent how much you’ve learned in that day. So lay your bricks and never forget what you’ve learned,” Reynolds said.

Wade presented special awards to the following nursing students at the pinning ceremony: Connie Robertson of Liberty, servant leadership; Kristen Wilson of Campbellsville, clinical excellence; Addie Hawkins of Magnolia, academic excellence; and Krysta Lenington of Danville, award of excellence.

Wade said 52,000 students graduated from nursing programs this year. The national average test score among these graduates is 847; CU’s average is above the national average with 897. James Edmonds of Campbellsville scored the highest at CU with a score of 1103.

Students were pinned by family members and friends, and received the “Blessing of the Hands” by Dr. James Jones, pastor of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Campbellsville.

The following students were pinned at Campbellsville University’s December 2012 pinning ceremony: Stephanie Ann Akin of Columbia; Amanda Gail Anderson of Campbellsville; Casssandra M. Blevins of Liberty; Amanda Lynn Booher of Munfordville; Mary Deppen Brock of Louisville; Tabatha L. Bryant of Russell Springs; Christy Jo Burriss of Greensburg;

Sally S. Butler of Cecilia; Kymberleigh Renee Carter of Greensburg; Amanda Arms Conner of Albany; Suzanne Renee Davis of Campbellsville; Leetta Jean Dial of Campbellsville; Gary E. Drake, Jr. of Hodgenville; James Daniel Edmonds of Campbellsville; Addie Jane Hawkins of Magnolia; Brittany Elaine Knifley of Campbellsville; Amy Ann Leeds of Big Clifty;

Krysta Marie Lenington of Danville; Jordan Keely Rash Pittman of Campbellsville; Joni Danielle Robinson Reynolds of Campbellsville; Connie S. Robertson of Liberty; Brittany Nichole Skaggs of Mt. Sherman; Brenda Sue Smith of Russell Springs; Kelly Joe Stone of Greensburg; Jodi Michelle Tungate of Bradfordsville; Jessica Lasha Ulrich of Bardstown; Kristen Marie Wilson of Campbellsville; and Mary Frances Wise of Campbellsville.

Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 3,600 students offering 63 undergraduate options, 17 master’s degrees, five postgraduate areas and eight pre-professional programs. The website for complete information is campbellsville.edu.

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