Kent State College of Nursing Holds 2016 Graduate Pinning Ceremony

Graduate pinning ceremony held during National Nurses Week

Kent State College of Nursing held its annual Graduate Convocation ceremony during National Nurses Week on Tuesday, May 10, at the Kent State Student Center Ballroom. Nearly 300 guests, including 65 graduates, family members, friends, faculty and staff attended.  

“The presentation of a nursing pin has been a symbolic and long-standing tradition of the nursing program,” said Dr. Wendy Umberger, associate dean for graduate programs. “Our pin is a symbol of the advanced degree and a nurse’s commitment to the ideals and values of nursing and higher education.”

Graduates and Mistresses of Ceremonies, Stephanie Emmett and Ann Phillips, briefly reflected on their personal experiences in their respective programs before introducing Mandy Munro-Stasiuk, Ph.D., interim associate provost for Academic Affairs at Kent State University, who welcomed graduates and guests on behalf of the University.      

The evening’s guest speaker, Dr. Kirste Carlson, is a psychiatric mental health clinical nurse specialist with over 30 years tenure at Cleveland Clinic Foundation. She holds faculty positions at Kent State University and the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. Dr. Carlson earned her Doctor of Nursing (ND) degree in 1984 from Case Western Reserve and later studied adult and child/adolescent psychiatric mental health nursing at Kent State University.

“Tonight you are here to receive your pin. Your pin is a symbol of your faculty’s blessing of the work you intend to do in the world and a symbol of allegiance to an ethic of caring for vulnerable individuals,” Dr. Carlson said. “As a nurse, you are the one member of the health care team who is entrusted to ask your patients the right questions, rather than just providing answers.”

Following Dr. Carlson’s remarks, faculty from nine concentrations presented pins and certificates to their graduate students.

About Kent State University’s College of Nursing

In existence for nearly 50 years, the College of Nursing at Kent State University is one of the largest and most comprehensive nursing programs in the nation with more than 12,000 alumni worldwide. As part of Kent State’s eight-campus system, the college provides more than 2,000 nursing students courses of study at the baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral levels. To learn more about nursing programs at Kent State, please visit

PHOTO CUTLINE: Cindy Wilk, MSN, RN, CNS, CCRN, CNE, coordinator of the Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist concentration, left, hugs Erica Stahl after presenting her with a certificate and pin.

POSTED: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 11:26 AM
Updated: Saturday, January 28, 2023 09:01 PM
Mariah Gibbons