Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Sixteen students in Mercyhurst North East’s practical nursing program are slated to graduate on Friday, Aug. 28. The ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Great Room of Mercyhurst North East’s Ridge Library.
Sister Lisa Mary McCartney, RSM, Ph.D., will serve as speaker at the LPN commencement. As vice president for mission integration at Mercyhurst University, Sister Lisa Mary assists the president in promoting and integrating the university’s educational mission, and the beliefs and values of the Catholic identity and legacy of the Sisters of Mercy. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Mercyhurst in 1970 and also earned her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Notre Dame. She joined the English faculty at Mercyhurst in 1982.
Sister Pat Whalen, RSM, who, along with Sister Lisa Mary, is one of two sisters to still work full time at Mercyhurst, will deliver the invocation and benediction at the graduation. Sister Pat, also a Mercyhurst alumna, currently serves as registrar of the university. She has also served as assistant academic dean and as a member of the education faculty at Mercyhurst.
The one-year practical nursing certificate program prepares students for licensure as a licensed practical nurse. Following graduation, the students will become eligible to take the LPN certification exam, the NCLEX-PN.
Over the past year, the students have accumulated more than 1,600 hours of study and experience in the program, according to Marion (Penny) Monahan, director of the LPN program.
“Because of the time-intensive nature of the program,” she said, “many could not make it through without their families’ support. Graduation becomes a family celebration when they’re done.”