Sixty students of the associate of science in nursing program are slated to graduate from Mercyhurst University – The North East Campus on Friday, Aug. 16. The ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. in the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center on the Erie campus.
Sister Mary Ann Schimscheiner, RSM, will serve as commencement speaker. As the local leader of the Sisters of Mercy in New York, Pennsylvania, Pacific West community, Sister Mary Ann brings insight from a 40-year career in healthcare, beginning as a registered nurse and moving onward to her tenure as chief executive officer of Kenmore Mercy Hospital and vice president of long-term care at Catholic Health System.
She earned her associate degree in applied science from Trocaire College; a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Medialle College; a Bachelor of Science in nursing from D’Youville College; a master’s in hospital/health administration from Xavier University; and an honorary doctorate, humane letters, from Canisius College. This is her 50th jubilee year as a Sister of Mercy. In addition to other board service in Western New York, she serves as a trustee of Mercyhurst University.
The ASN commencement ceremony incorporates the recitation of the Florence Nightingale Pledge, a modified Hippocratic Oath arranged by Lystra E. Gretter and a Committee for the Farrand Training School for Nurses, Detroit. It was called the Florence Nightingale Pledge as a token of esteem for the founder of modern nursing. Additionally, the ceremony includes the presentation of four awards to outstanding students: The Mercy Award; Most Cooperative Student Award; Peer Recognition Award; and the Spirit of Nursing Award.
The associate of science in nursing program is one of four nursing programs that Mercyhurst North East offers in its newly formed School of Health Professions and Public Health, under the leadership of public health department chair David Dausey, Ph.D., dean; and Marion Monahan, director of allied health programs at North East, as associate dean. Students in the licensed practical nursing certificate program will celebrate their commencement on Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 6 p.m. in the Ridge Library Great Room on the North East campus.