CRANFORD, NJ – Sixty-five students, including eleven from Union, received their nursing diplomas at the Trinitas School of Nursing (TSON) Convocation Ceremony held at St. Michael’s Church in Cranford. Surrounded by family, friends, and staff that provided guidance along the way, eleven men and fifty-four women proudly accepted their pins and began a new chapter in their lives. Although this was the 158th Convocation Ceremony, this was the first year that the school’s convocation was held in a church setting.

“As a faith based organization, it was important to the staff at TSON that the ceremony be held at a more private location,” stated Donna Penn, Dean of the Trinitas School of Nursing. “Moving the location to St. Michael’s also allowed us to connect back to the School’s mission and values.”          

Union residents graduating from the Trinitas School of Nursing were:  Farouk H. Alhassan, Janet Abrafi Amoako, Theresa Ann T. DeLeon, Donna D. DeVaughn, Brittany N. Doby, Gerena Suzette Garrido, Caren L. McCain, Jemimah Omwaga, Corey Lynn Robinson, Catarina Suarez, and Jessica Grace N. Tecson,

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Affiliated with Union County College, the program also awards Associates in Science Degrees to the graduates. The ceremony began with “America the Beautiful,” sung by graduate nurse Jessica Tecson of Union.  The Senior Class Address was delivered by graduate nurse Craig Jordan of Somerville, NJ. He recapped the highs and lows of their time at TSON, highlighting the close relationships between faculty and students in the school’s family oriented learning environment. The graduates will go on to change and save lives in the community and add diversity to health care in our entire region, he explained. 

Graduates who received Nursing High Honors were Stephanie Aviles (Clark, NJ) and Katherine Loveland (Cranford, NJ). Those who received Nursing Honors include: Marieli Roxanne L. Agustin (Edison, NJ), Jenny A. Botero (Staten Island, NY), Franklin J. Calderon (Kearny, NJ), Kenneth E. Castro (Elizabeth, NJ), Nadiya Cherba (Linden, NJ), Rebecca M. Cuzzola (Elizabeth, NJ), Sarah F. Floyd (Elizabeth, NJ), Emma Gustafsson (Clark, NJ), Daphne Y. Hart (Scotch Plains, NJ), Magda K. Kubisiak (Linden,NJ), Guadalupita M. Marmol (Elizabeth, NJ), Melissa McKoy (Roselle, NJ), Alyssa F. Pangilinan (Summit, NJ), Joseph F. Roy (Roselle Park, NJ), Kelly T. Ocampo Vivas (Elizabeth, NJ),  and Angela Jean Yeaple (Linden, NJ).

Also graduating from the School of Nursing are: Janelle M. Agyilirah (Bloomfield, NJ), Jessica Arcila (Elizabeth, NJ),  Michelle R. Austin (Scotch Plains, NJ), Krystal G. Barragan (Elizabeth, NJ), Patricia May Barredo (Elizabeth, NJ), Melissa Bell (Brooklyn, NY), Rinki Benjamin (Jersey City, NJ), Dan Angelo Caliolio (North Brunswick, NJ), Omer Chohan (East Brunswick, NJ), Priscilla Correa (Elizabeth, NJ), Katherine Cristina Duche (Jersey City, NJ), Luis O. Huayta (Plainfield, NJ), Milissa B. Hurtado (Scotch Plains, NJ), Jasmine Patrice Jones (Rahway, NJ), Craig G. Jordan (Somerville, NJ), Sarah Lawrence (Staten Island, NY), Ik McPaul (Plainfield, NJ), Stephanie F. Meiz (Jersey City, NJ), Mousumi S. Mitra (Metuchen, NJ), Jonida Molla (Staten Island, NY), Nataliya Nemtseva (New Providence, NJ), Justus O. Nyamwancha (Bayonne, NJ), Denis Javier Orellana (Linden, NJ), Siza Patel (Jersey City, NJ), Kimberly Ramos (Fanwood, NJ), Awilla Rodriguez (Elizabeth, NJ), Daisy L. Saravia-Vaquerano (Elizabeth, NJ), Alexandra E. Silva (Monroe Township, NJ), Ana Silva (Elizabeth, NJ), Christiana N. Tanoh (Jersey City, NJ), Marie Stephanie Telisme (Brooklyn, NY), Jasmine V. Valdez (Linden, NJ), Adriana Velasquez (Linden, NJ), Tiara Whitney-Carmichael (Brooklyn, NY), Doris R. Williams (Elizabeth, NJ), Felicida J.C. Williams (Fords, NJ).

Trinitas School of Nursing, operated jointly by Trinitas Regional Medical Center and Union County College, currently holds full accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), and the New Jersey State Board of Nursing. The National League for Nursing has awarded the School of Nursing a re-designation as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education status for the years 2015 - 2020 for Creating Environments that Enhance Student Learning and Professional Development.  All eligible faculty hold certifications as NLN Certified Nurse Educators (CNE).  The School also holds a 20-year, 40-class national licensing examination (NCLEX) passage rate of 97% on first writing.