CRANFORD, NJ – A Union resident was among the seventy-one students who received their nursing diplomas at the Trinitas School of Nursing's 159th Convocation Ceremony held at St. Michael’s Church in Cranford.
Duna Dumerand of Union was among those surrounded by family, friends, and staff who supported their efforts every step of the way as the 64 women and 7 men proudly accepted their pins and became eligible to sit for the registered nurse licensing exam.
“The Trinitas School of Nursing congratulates the Class of January 2018,” said Donna Penn, Dean of the Trinitas School of Nursing, which is affiliated with Union County College, and also awards Associates in Science Degrees to the graduates. “We are looking forward to an exciting year ahead. The administration, faculty and staff are committed to the success of all our nursing students through the use of innovative strategies to promote student success in the classroom.”
The ceremony began with “America the Beautiful,” sung by graduate nurses Serena Pak (Mercerville) and Elizabeth B. Varela (Linden). The Senior Class Address was delivered by graduate nurse Jeannsi S. Loyo Salguero (Elizabeth) and welcoming remarks were made by graduate nurse Chaniece Valentine (Staten Island, NY).
The following graduated with honors: Jaime S. Abril (Plainfield), David Awuah (Piscataway), Gazmen M. Lesevicq (Staten Island, NY), Roman R. Ochoa Camas (Ridgefield), Mike D. Sanelus (Elizabeth), Albert J. Sigueza (Colonia), and Sean Sim (Hazlet Township).
Other graduates of the School of Nursing include: Shareba C. Andrews (Plainfield), Francesca Borja (Nutley), Tatiane M. Brady (Kearny), Al-Jathiyah S. Burgess (Springfield), Anthonia Vigier Callender (Brooklyn, NY), Marcia Campbell (East Orange), Corina Castro (Irvington), Sarah Charles (Elizabeth), Jennifer Delgado (Elizabeth), Valeria Salazar Delgado (Elizabeth), Fatoumata Diarra (New York, NY), Ashley S. Dominguez-Calle (Elizabeth), Ngozi H. Edoh (Elizabeth), Patricia Flores-Infante (Elizabeth), Susan Flynn (Clark), Alensha Guerrier (Hillside), Amy M. Jackson (Cranford), Edelle M. Kenold (Hillside), Janet Kisavi-Shields (Lodi), Rima Liascauskaite (Roselle), Kareemah Taheera Lucas (Newark), Gabriela Luzardo (Elizabeth), Simone P. Lyken (East Orange), Mabel A. Mansing (Rahway), Barbara Maulin (Roselle Park), Ayde Vilma Mayta-Chiqui (Elizabeth), Sayra M. Medina (Elizabeth), Ana Y. Medina-Neciosup (Colonia), Marie Mesidor (Bloomfield), Osalenne Metellus (Rockaway Beach, NY), Amdreotta M. Middleton (South Orange), Grace Moss (Elizabeth), Samantha Nardoza (Fords), Cristiane Pinho Neves (South River), Alice K. Nyangau (Jersey City), Serena Pak (Mercerville), Cyncia Paquiot (Roselle), Stephanie Pego (Kearny), Suzanne G. Peprah (Kearny), Daniela K. Pereira (Elizabeth), Kettie Pierrilus (East Orange), Lorraine N. Plaza (Linden), Astrid C. Pluviose (Orange), Abigale A. Roberts (Newark), Maria Robins (Elizabeth), Nilda L. Roman (Newark), Carina Rosado (Roselle Park), Beata M. Rudnik (Colonia), Mathilde Saget (Iselin), Jeannsi S. Loyo Salguero (Elizabeth), Cristina Sawford (Elizabeth), Leticia Scandroglio (Linden), Jessika Sueiras (Belleville), Valerie Toodle (Roselle), Chaniece Valentine (Staten Island, NY), Elizabeth B. Varela (Linden), Priscilla Verdugo (Roselle Park), Kristen Lynn Wanthouse (Edison), Veneita Tiffani Williams (Brooklyn, NY), Bunturabi I. Yansaneh (Linden), Memunatu I. Yansaneh (Linden), Akua Panyin Yeboah (Green Brook), and Tatiana N. Zelenina-Gutches (Englewood).
Additional awards were given to graduates as follows: First Scholarship Award, Amy M. Jackson (Cranford); Second Scholarship Award, Carina Rosado (Roselle Park); Third Scholarship Award, Patricia Flores-Infante (Elizabeth); Auxiliary Award, Sean Sim (Hazlet Township); 2018 Nursing Service Professional Transformation Award, Francesca Borja (Nutley); Lily Bierstein Memorial Award, Elizabeth B. Varela (Linden); Gerontological Nursing Award, Mike Sanelus (Elizabeth); Alumni Association Award, Grace Moss (Elizabeth); Curtis Crumbley Memorial Award, Corina Castro (Irvington); Naeisha Massenburg Memorial Award, Akua Panyin Yeboah (Green Brook); George F. Billington Leadership Award, Chaniece Valentine (Staten Island, NY); and The Giving Back Award, Bunturabi Yansaneh (Linden).
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 third 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.