Kent State University College of Nursing Holds Pinning Ceremony for 56 Graduates

More than 500 guests, including 56 graduating nursing students from Kent State University College of Nursing gathered in the Kent State Student Center Ballroom on Friday, August 19, for the Summer Undergraduate Convocation ceremony. The event recognized the accomplishments of the graduating nursing students and marked the successful transition from nursing student to professional nurse.

Mandy Munro-Stasiuk, associate provost for academic affairs at Kent State University, provided the University welcome message. 

Kent State College of Nursing alumna, Ellen Mastrangelo, MSN, RN, was the evening’s guest speaker. She is currently the University Hospitals staff development coordinator for medical-surgical nursing. Mastrangelo shared the changes she has observed in nursing throughout her career and encouraged students to nurture relationships with each patient.   

“In our increasingly complex and technological times, I challenge you to be the direct sunlight in your patient’s life. Let them heal feeling your warmth. Be the difference in their life and it will make a difference in yours,” said Mastrangelo.

Following Mastrangelo’s remarks, graduates received their nursing pins and recited the nursing pledge. Nursing pins date back 1,000 years to the Maltese cross and serve as a symbolic welcome to the nursing profession. Pins are worn by registered nurses on their hospital uniforms and identify the nursing school from which the nurse graduated.

New graduate Kimberly Zelonis, from Avon Lake, OH, will be following in the footsteps of her mother, aunt, and four sisters who are all nurses. Having been exposed to nursing her entire life, she always knew she wanted to go into nursing.

“I always looked up to them and envied how passionate they are about nursing,” said Zelonis. “My family was my biggest support system through nursing school and I am excited and proud to become a nurse as well.”

Over the past year, the College of Nursing has graduated 585 students in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN) programs at the Kent and regional campuses.

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 Caption: New graduate Kimberly Zelonis (right), will be following in the footsteps of her mother, aunt, and four sisters who are all nurses.

POSTED: Tuesday, August 23, 2016 02:19 PM
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Mariah Gibbons