• 2021 Nursing Pinning Ceremony

    Dr. Lillian R. Goodman Department of Nursing

    Pinning ceremonies are a longstanding tradition signifying the completion of academic requirements for becoming a nurse and serve as a way of welcoming newly graduated nurses into the profession. The baccalaureate nursing graduates of Worcester State University class of 2021, listed below, have accomplished an enormous amount, despite the most uncertain of times.

    This virtual pinning ceremony aims to celebrate their dedication to their academics and their chosen profession. These graduates have earned their pin as a symbol of their hard work and their preparedness to serve their communities as nurses. This celebration will serve as a culmination of their time at Worcester State University. Their future is filled with endless possibilities.

    Congratulations graduates!


    Order of Ceremony

    Welcome & Remarks

    Greetings from the President of Worcester State University
    President Barry M. Maloney

    Greetings from the Dean of the School of Science, Technology, and Health
    Linda Larrivee, Ph.D.  

    Welcome and Introduction
    Paula Bylaska-Davies, Ph.D., RN,
    Chair and Associate Professor Dr. Lillian R. Goodman Department of Nursing

    Presentation of Awards

    Nursing Faculty Presentation of Student Awards
    Danielle Shaver, MS, RN, CNE
    Julia McNeil, MSN, RN

    Nursing Pinning Ceremony Awards

    Clinical Excellence in the Art and Science of Nursing
    Florence Nightingale Award
    Nurse of the Future
    Student Nursing Association

    Presentation of Pins

    Each graduate has the opportunity to be pinned by a significant person in their COVID “bubble” during the Campus Commencement Experience ceremony in May.

    Worcester State University Pre-Licensure Graduates

    Dominique Teresa Alves*+
    Amanda Jane Babbitt**
    Sydney E. Beless*
    Catherine E. Blatchford*+
    Haley R. Brown*+
    Caitlin E. Cafarella*+
    Rachel E. Casey
    Elena A. Chechile*
    Caroline A. Cyr
    Hade Dabbagh*
    Rachel E. Dixson*+
    Katelyn R. Duca
    Sarah E. Duff*+
    Ashley J. Eskett*+
    Juan Espinal*
    Emily R. Finnegan**+
    Morgan O. Fontana
    Jessica C. Fournier
    Katrina Marie Garbacik**+
    Emily A. George
    Stephen W. Healy*+
    Vanessa C. Holmes
    Kathryn L. Johnston*
    Lyan Khanji*
    Alexis K. King*+
    Kelsey J. Konow*
    Sophia A. Kontoes
    Madison N. Kuzio
    Kimberly A. Landry
    Grace M. Lapan*+
    André Filipe Ramos Lopes*+
    Theresa E. McMahon*
    Megan A. Miller**
    Pamela Osesenaga Osaighale**+
    Kayden M. O'Sullivan
    Mackenzie Erin Pelletier**+
    Madison R. Pelletier
    Sarah E. Pettine
    Jenise Louise Richard
    Natalie J. Ross
    Emily Ann Shorey*
    Rachel E. Stelmach**
    Alyssa M. Strapponi
    Anita J. Swift**+
    Caroline Colby Tuttle*+
    Gladys E. Urzua**
    Michaella Vecchiarelli
    Claudia A. Webb

    Worcester State University RN-BS Graduates

    Adesina Adegoke**
    Antea Alexander**
    Christian Capoccia
    Ana Paula DeCarvalho**
    Jenna A. Eddy
    Courtney Gaudette**
    Lyndsay R. Jansson*
    Sheena M. Johnson**
    Breana L. Keegan***
    Joseph K. Kum**
    Melissa E. Landry**
    Bruce Marchand**
    Tatiana Mesa
    Jules Rezidor**
    Adreanna Rodriguez**
    Jennifer G. Stell
    Kassandra Sanchez**
    Rachana Tuladhar*
    Lindsey Marie Walczak*

    * Denotes Cum Laude Honors
    ** Denotes Magna Cum Laude Honors
    *** Denotes Summa Magna Cum Laude Honors
    + Denotes induction into Sigma Theta Tau Honors Society, Iota Phi Chapter

    The Florence Nightingale Pledge

    Led by Rachel Casey, Senior Nursing Student

    I solemnly pledge in the presence of this assembly to practice my profession faithfully. I will abstain from whatever is deleterious and will not take or administer any harmful drug. I will do all in my power to maintain and elevate the standards of my profession and will hold in confidence all personal matters committed to my keeping and all family affairs coming to my knowledge in the practice of my profession. I will endeavor to collaborate with all of the members of the healthcare team and devote myself to the welfare of those committed to my care.


    Worcester State University Administrators

    Barry M. Maloney, President
    Lois Wims, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President, Academic Affairs
    Linda Larrivee, Ph.D., Dean, School of Science, Technology, and Health
    Roberta Kyle, Ed.D., Associate VP for Continuing Education & Dean of Graduate Studies
    Sara Grady, M.B.A., Associate Dean for Graduate Studies & Professional Development

    Dr. Lillian R. Goodman Department of Nursing Faculty

    Paula Bylaska-Davies, Ph.D, RN Chair and Associate Professor of Nursing

    William Chadbourne, MS, RN
    Stephanie Chalupka, Ed.D, RN, PHCNS-BC, FAAOHN, FNAP
    Amanda Cornine, MS, RN, CNE
    Melissa Duprey, Ed.D., MSN, RN, CNE
    Theresa Khoury, DNP, RN
    Augusta Ishola MS, RN, FNP-BC, WCC, CRRN
    Angela Latter, MS, RN
    Robyn Leo, MS, RN
    Julia McNeil, MSN, RN
    Michelle Page, DNP, RN
    Danielle Shaver, MS, RN, CNE
    Janna Trombley, MS, RN

    Dr. Lillian R. Goodman Department of Nursing Staff

    Gina Fleury, MS, RN: Clinical Resource Coordinator
    Deirdre Palmer, MS, RN: Clinical Skills Lab Coordinator
    Amy Poehler: Administrative Assistant
    Claudia Cullen: Clerk

    National Student Nurses Association, Worcester State University Chapter

    Angela Latter, MS, RN: Student Nurses Association Faculty Co-Advisor
    Danielle Shaver, MS, RN, CNE: Student Nurses Association Faculty Co-Advisor

    Senior Student Officer

    Stephen Healy: Vice President, WSU Chapter & Region 4 Chair for MaSNA

    Pinning Committee 2021

    Dr. Lillian R. Goodman Department of Nursing Worcester State University

    Faculty Advisors

    Amanda Cornine, MS, RN, CNE
    Theresa Khoury, DNP, RN
    Julia McNeil, MSN, RN

    Staff Members

    Claudia Cullen, Clerk
    Amy Poehler, Administrative Assistant

    Senior Student Members

    Sydney Beless
    Caroline Cyr
    Alexis King
    Sophia Kontoes
    Therese McMahon
    Kayden O’Sullivan
    Sarah Pettine
    Natalie Ross
    Alyssa Strapponi
    Anita Swift
    Claudia Webb


    In Memory of Nicole Lauren Fontaine, BSN Class of 2017

    In Honor of Pamela Osesenaga Osaighale, BSN Class of 2021, in memory of her sister, Naomi Oseremen Osaighale