NJCU Celebrates Nursing Graduates in Pinning Ceremony

May 15, 2023
2023 Spring Nursing Pinning Ceremony

JERSEY CITY, N.J. | On May 15, the New Jersey City University (NJCU) ​​Nursing program held its Accelerated Nursing Program Pinning Ceremony to celebrate the NJCU at Fort Monmouth Class of 2023.

The NJCU Nursing program holds pinning ceremonies twice annually —  one for students on its main campus and one for those enrolled in its new location, NJCU at Fort Monmouth. This was the second Fort Monmouth ceremony.

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Dr. Joyce Wright led the graduates in the Nightingale Pledge.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, Dr. Joyce Wright, Associate Professor, RN to BSN Program Coordinator, and chair of the NJCU Nursing Department, led the graduates in the Nightingale Pledge.

The tradition of the nursing pin and pinning ceremony is steeped in tradition, and has a long history dating back to 1880 when the first pin was presented to the graduating class of the Bellevue Hospital of Nursing in New York City.

The following 22 students are receiving a B.S. in Nursing at Commencement on May 30 and were part of the Pinning Ceremony:

  • Loren Balunis
  • Nancy Chu
  • Mary Connelly
  • Caitlin Delaplain
  • Hannah Dowzycki
  • Samuel Hanna
  • Katie Hwang
  • Maximillian Kitaychik
  • Jalyse Lee
  • Kathleen McCarthy
  • Nicole Mollica
  • Katherine Nguyen
  • Erin Norden
  • Obialo Nwaro
  • Sarah Ogilvie
  • Griffin O’Neill
  • Camila Palad
  • Frank Shihadeh
  • Harmony Stark
  • Samantha Storniolo
  • Samantha Tallman
  • Nyla Thomas


Watch the full pinning ceremony on NJCU's YouTube platform:

2023 Spring Nursing Pinning Ceremony
Watch the full Pinning Ceremony on NJCU's YouTube platform.

About NJCU:
New Jersey City University is an institution of higher learning dedicated to the development of our students, our city, our communities, and our state. We are a game-changing force for our students and have been recognized as one of the top colleges in the nation improving their upward economic mobility. Whether enrolled in one of our undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral programs at our three locations, NJCU students have access to an affordable, diverse environment, and an exceptionally supportive faculty. This prepares them to go on to become the next generation of workers and leaders who improve their communities and the State of New Jersey.


Ira Thor
, Associate Vice President for University Communications (interim) | ithor@njcu.edu | 201-200-3301