Sound Shore Health Systems Dorothea Hopfer School of Nursing in Mount Vernon, N.Y., continued its century-long tradition of preparing new nurses with its June 17 graduation ceremony. Keynote speaker Marilyn I. Parker, RN, EdD, SCM, associate dean of Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing, addressed more than 200 attendees at the Sommer Center of Concordia College in Bronxville, N.Y.
Also in attendance were the Dean of Dorothea Hopfer School of Nursing Joanna Scalabrini, RN, MA, MS; Pam Dupuis, Sound Shore Health System senior vice president for patient services; and faculty to celebrate the academic successes of the 27 members of the spring Class of 2010.
The Hopfer graduation features a poignant lamp-lighting ceremony that honors Florence Nightingales contributions as the founder of modern nursing. Immediately after the event, during which graduates wear traditional white attire, they donned mortarboards and gowns for the presentation of their Associate in Science degrees in nursing.New graduates, front row seated from left, Ailie Patterson, Laura Thorpe, Jessica Pita, Johanna Moran, Lauren Petnuch, Lola Oyebode, Richelle Powell, Shellian Peters and Michelyn Johnson. Second row standing from left, Ann Marie McCarthy, Dawn Delgado, Jennifer Pino-Fornes, Margarita Miranda, Sunitha Mohanan, Neidra Newsome, Janet Duncan and Dhanmattie Harricharan. Back from left, Michelle Purville, Lotoya Wisdom, Claudette Cunningham and Theresa Grasso. New graduates not pictured include Pauline Asike, Savitri Buntin, Joy Grant, Devin Marshall, Reginald Olivier and Tiffanie Parker-Lewin.
Laura Thorpe received this years Mount Vernon Hospital Auxiliarys Award for her commitment to Hopfer and her extensive volunteer activities. This spring graduation marked the presentation of a newly established, private donor scholarship. The first winner of the Jose & Carmen Suarez Memorial Scholarship for Clinical Excellence was Claudette Cunningham.
Among the newest graduates of the Hopfer School of Nursing are two Sound Shore Health System employees: Janet Duncan from Mount Vernon Hospital and Sunitha Mohanan, a second-generation Sound Shore Medical Center employee. Richelle Powell, the daughter of Maxine Powell, RN, Mount Vernon Hospital nurse manager and a 1993 graduate of Hopfer, was among the newest graduates; as part of a tradition, Powell received her Hopfer pin from her mom.
Through the generosity of the Class of 2010, future students of the Hopfer School of Nursing will benefit from two DVD players.