ADN Faculty Offered Fun Send-off for Graduates

Faculty lined up waiting to congratulate the graduates.

Students graduating this spring from the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program at Kent State East Liverpool did not have the traditional pinning ceremony and end-of-year celebrations, but the faculty found a way to recognize them in a COVID-kind-of-way, nonetheless.

Dr. H welcomes graduates to their drive-through send-off.

Gathered in a campus parking lot, faculty members lined up their personal vehicles and offered graduates a drive-through send-off, maintaining social distancing standards. The students entered the lot and were directed to follow a path that allowed them to turn in badges and receive their nursing pins, honor cords, certificates and cards signed by faculty members. 

A happy grad waves from her car
Because the pinning ceremony and banquet was canceled, money raised by the Student Nurses Association club helped provide a gift card for each graduate, as well.

The grads also received Buszta information, which will help each of them prepare for the NCLEX review and testing.

A message for the graduates

Dr. Carol Hrusovsky, ADN program director, noted that all faculty members took part in this event. “We honked horns, had signs and really made the students feel special,” she said. “They were all surprised and touched by what we did.”

Hrusovsky also pointed out that nine of the 2020 graduates from the East Liverpool ADN program were inducted into the Alpha Delta Nu Nursing Honor Society-Gamma Sigma Chapter. She said that this is a first for the program.

Inducted were:

  • Jaymie Andrews
  • Victoria Angel
  • Britni Boston
  • Denise Brainard
  • Morgan Burcham
  • Regina Chu
  • Kayla Malone
  • Ray Mills
  • Danae Stanley 

The Organization for the Associate Degree of Nursing (OADN)’s honor society recognizes the academic excellence of nursing students. Eligibility is based on academic success and demonstrated conduct that reflects integrity and professionalism.

Cutline A: Faculty lined up waiting to congratulate the graduates.

Cutline B: Dr. H welcomes graduates to their drive-through send-off.

Cutline C: A happy grad waves from her car.

Cutline D: A message for the graduates.


POSTED: Monday, May 18, 2020 02:21 PM
Updated: Tuesday, March 28, 2023 10:58 PM