Nursing Candle Lighting Ceremony (May 2019)
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Nursing Candle Lighting Ceremony (May 2019)

– Ladies and Gentlemen. Welcome, to the Candlelighting Ceremony for the graduating class of Spring 2019. The graduates are about to enter. (graduation music) Ladies and gentlemen, the
graduating class of Spring 2019. (applause) I ask the audience to please
stand for our National Anthem and remain standing for the invocation. Maria Virginia Villadiego Punto. (laughs) A graduate of this
nursing program last year, will lead the national anthem. Virginia. ♪ Oh say can you see ♪ ♪ By the dawns early light ♪ ♪ What so proudly we hailed ♪ ♪ At the twilight’s last gleaming ♪ ♪ Whose broad stripes and bright stars ♪ ♪ Through the perilous fight ♪ ♪ O’er the ramparts we watched ♪ ♪ Were so gallantly streaming ♪ ♪ And the rockets red glare ♪ ♪ The bombs bursting in air ♪ ♪ Gave proof through the night ♪ ♪ That our flag was still there ♪ ♪ Oh say does that star-spangled ♪ ♪ Banner yet wave ♪ ♪ O’er the land of the free ♪ ♪ And the home of the brave ♪ (applause) – Thank you Virginia,
and thanks to the choir. At this time, we’d like to ask
Dr. Barbara Blake-Campbell, Professor in the Nursing Departments, to give the invocation, Dr. Campbell. – Thank you, good afternoon. Dear God, you called us to be healers at a time when we
ourselves needed healing. Then you reminded us that
your life is our life, your breath is our breath,
your spirit is our spirit, and your strength is our strength. You are the wisdom of our minds
and the peace of our souls that enables us to get from a
place that expects no return, to give from a heart that knows no bounds, to give from a heart that transcends pain, to give from a heart that seeks no gain. When we give of ourselves, we
give the gifts of the heart, love, kindness, forgiveness,
sympathy, tolerance and then, only then, we
truly become the healers we were called to be. Amen. – Thank you, Dr. Campbell.
Audience, you may be seated. Graduates, please be seated. Ladies and gentlemen
President Timothy Lynch, couldn’t be here today,
but he’s a strong advocate for this Nursing Department
and we thank him for that. Dr. Palmer is here, our Vice President and she will speak on
his behalf, Dr. Palmer. (applause) – Good afternoon everyone (laughs) Welcome to our Spring
Candlelighting Ceremony celebrating the accomplishes
of you, our nursing graduates. I look out at all of
you, our Class of 2019, with feelings of great
pride and admiration, as do your family, faculty, and friends. You chose the most competitive program that Queensborough has to offer, as each year hundred of students aspire to be in our Nursing
program, yet fewer than half make it to the clinical sequence. The 60 of you here today, out
of those hundreds of students have successfully completed
the Nursing Degree program, yours is an incredible accomplishment. (applause) The wonderful diversity I
see in this graduating class defines the diversity
of the college itself. And diversity in the
nursing field in particular, is essential, because
communication with patients is enhanced when nurses
help bridge the divide between the culture of medicine, and the beliefs and
principals that make up a patients value system. You have a calling to be there for others, for people in pain and who are suffering. You represent the most
trusted and admired qualities of any community of people,
honesty, responsibility, and the protection of human dignity. Your determination to succeed, so you may care for others is inspiring. It sets the bar high for
future nursing students. With the excellence you have already shown as you prepare for your
career in this esteemed and noble profession. And by having succeeded in
this competitive program, you will continue to reap its benefits. It is not by chance that
Queensborough graduates do well on the license exam, and I have no doubt you will as well. The Queensborough nursing
program has a long tradition of meeting the standards of excellence and Queensborough is
ahead of many colleges in its commitment to encourage graduates to attain a bachelor of science degree. Our dual joint programs with
Hunter College, York College and CUNY School of Professional Studies, allows students like you
to move seamlessly on for your bachelors degree. I encourage all of you to
earn a bachelors degree, to best prepare for the
expanding and evolving healthcare environment, which
is increasing in complexity. Your accomplishment here today, is the beginning of not only
a career, but a profession. Be a life long learner, you have had the outstanding examples
from your Professors on the importance of
continuing your education. And hopefully, they have
inspired you to follow in their footsteps, whether
in doctoral programs or certifications in nurse education. When you make a difference
in the lives of others, we make a difference in our own lives. Congratulations on your
outstanding success, and I wish you continued
success in your future. Thank you very much. (Applause) – Thank you Dr. Palmer. At this time I’d like to call
Professor Anne Marie Menendez, chairperson of the nursing department to deliver her address,
Professor Menendez. (applause) – Welcome everyone, and
congratulations graduates. Today’s ceremony, in the
tradition of Florence Nightingale, affords you the opportunity
to reflect on the mission and values of the nursing profession. It is also a day to look
back on your accomplishments and to begin to imagine your future in the profession of nursing. Your studies here at
Queensborough have been wrought with many challenges and much hard work. You have been taught by faculty who are experts in clinical practice, and educators who are well
versed in the field of pedagogy. They have put you to the
test, time and time again. Now, you will continue on
to your bachelors degree and many of you for your
masters and doctoral degree. Just this morning I received
statistics from CUNY central, and in 2011, we had 18 students
go on for their bachelors, in 2017 we had 79%, so
we’re very happy about that. (applause) You will work in schools,
homes and community agencies as healthcare continues to move
outside traditional settings. Although nurses will always
provide hands on care, more and more your practice
will focus on educating patients and promoting health literacy. Through motivational interviewing, clients will be active participants in restoring and preserving their health. Nurses increasingly will
look at determinace of health outcomes, such as public
health interventions, and aspects of the social environment, including income, education, employment, social supports and culture. The physical environment,
such as clean air, water and food that we grow
will play a critical role in maintaining a populations health. Healthcare will move from
focusing on me to we. The challenge for nurses will be great, as we move to working more in
partnership with our patients. We will work together as
members of a global community. I am excited when I
imagine the opportunities and challenges that await you
in the nursing profession. You have had a great foundation
here at Queensborough and are well prepared to move forward. In honor of this Candlelighting Ceremony, and in words of Margaret Fuller, a 19th century teacher and
women’s rights advocate, “If you have knowledge, let others light their candle at it.” Again, I congratulate you and on this wonderful
accomplishment. Thank you. (Applause) – Thank you Professor Menendez. The graduates have selected
Professor Janice Molloy to give the congratulatory
address. Professor Molloy. (applause) – Good afternoon, can you hear me? Good afternoon, family,
friends, faculty and graduates. It is my great pleasure
to be able to deliver the congratulatory
address to the graduating Class of Spring 2019. This group of students
has worked tirelessly, with great sacrifice
to achieve the numerous requirements needed for their graduation. Bravo, on a job well done. (applause) Recently I noticed an advertisement
for a career in nursing, it read as follows, “Being a nurse means which of the following?
Please select all that apply. (audience laughs) You will never be bored. You
will sometimes be frustrated. You will step into peoples lives and it will require using your heart, your mind and your soul. You will see people at their worst and you will see people at their best. You will witness the miracle
of the beginning of life and the profound sadness of its end. You will experience resounding triumphs and devastating failures. You will laugh and you will cry. You will never cease to be
amazed at the patients capacity for courage, gratitude and endurance.” The ad ended with “The faint
of heart need not apply.” I am very proud to say
that every one of these Queensborough graduates here
today, can apply for that job. (applause) So, graduates, as you leave your home here on the third floor of the
medical arts building. Here are my personal hopes for all of you. I hope you will always
honor this noble profession you have entered with
honesty and integrity. I hope your thirst for knowledge
will continue for yourself, for your patients and forever. I hope you maintain your personal wellness and happiness as nurses are
the anchor to healthcare. I hope you know, that
laughter is just as important as patient identification. (audience laughs) I hope your curiosity continues to grow each day of your nursing career and you never stop asking why. You are the detectives
as Registered Nurses. And my last hope is, remember, if it doesn’t challenge
you it doesn’t change you. Life is the simplest of math equations. What you put in, you get out. So, as you now transition
from pupil to professional, remember we talked about
the heart in this very room. (laughs) A lot. Okay. I would begin and end my
cardiovascular lectures with a picture of the
anatomical four chamber heart and next to it a picture of
the traditional red heart. And I would say to the
students, to be a good nurse you need both of these. I would begin and end
my lecture with that. I am concluding my speech with,
remember the two pictures, to be a good nurse,
you need both of those. Congratulations, and thank you. (applause) – Thank you Professor Molloy. Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time for the candle
lighting portion or as they say, this is where the magic happens. The following staff members will help with the candle lighting. Ms. Barbara Caravanos
and Ms. Audrey Maroney. (applause) Cue the music. We’re just waiting for
the candle lighting music. (audience laughs) (inspirational music) Lights, please. Jamila Abdur-Rahim. Elizabeth Pardo. Narefa Nirmal. Joyce You Won Chun. Georgia Molina. Terri Will. Atusa Tehrani. Adesa Tehrani. Catherine Huang. Sandra Belance. Rachel Chen. Crisanthy Carvouniaris. Susana Cardoso. Jessica Maisel. Jenifer Gleba. Catherine Sershen. Tyisha Poux. Yu Chen. Xiaoshan Zheng. Loren Bravo. Selena Yuxiang Chen. Yating Zheng. Yue Tao. Allison Vera. Grace Damian. Yang Li. Christina Saverino. Nicole Suric. Laurie Ganthier. Tiffany Mojum. Jamico Jacinto. Shanna Gratia. Andy Zhou. Carolin Mende. Jasmine Sneed. Judina Coipel. Jackilyn Rafols Daniela Podmore. Breshna Sediqi. Pricilla Wright. Bo Teng. Sashane Tracey. Kayann Pierson. Oulfath Hassan. Deidre Elena Hamlet. Charles Pantina. Jaro Junio. Edward Lorenzo. Ben Cohen. Kevin Patrick Nickla. Ian Hodgson. Christian Okpara. Ijeuwa Peter Okpara. Brian McMahon. Bohdan Hladun Ladies and gentlemen, once again the graduating Class of Spring 2019. (applause) Thank you, at this time the graduating class will recite the Nurses Pledge. The Nurses Pledge will
be led by three members of the Outgoing Student
Nurses Association. Elizabeth Pardo, Joyce You
Won Chun and Narefa Nirmal. – I will strive with all my
being and with the help of God to become an open, honest, kind
and diversified individual. In doing so, I will attain
that the qualities essential in the practice of nursing, for it is only after
realizing one’s self worth we are able to promote that of others. Deliverance of high quality
health care is of essential importance. But let us also reach beyond
the treatment or a diagnosis. And remember that entrusted
to my care is a human being, with all the loves, hates,
fears, and idiosyncrasies that are an integral part
of the human species. Let me not grow too
comfortable in my knowledge, but actively seek out new information or continuance of my education. Being a nurse requires continuous growth, I dedicate myself to the cause, and my life to the profession of nursing. (applause) – Graduates, you may
extinguish your candles. (applause) – Graduates, please turn. That’s pretty good. (laughs) Graduates, please be seated. At this time, the Outgoing President of the
Student Nurses Association, Jamila, will give her farewell
address to her class. Jamila. (applause) – Good afternoon everyone. I know that President
Lynch couldn’t be here so, good afternoon to him as well. Good afternoon Dr. Palmer, Dr.
Kerr, Chairperson Menendez, faculty, family and friends
and my fellow graduates. I wanna start off saying
something that my grandmother used to always remind me of. “It doesn’t matter where you start, the road you travel may even be different than everyone else. It just matters where you
ended, or where you finished. It’s been a very long road for all of us. Some of us, it’s been extremely rough. In any case, we’re all here
today, celebrating together. We made it through one
of the most rigorous nursing programs in New York City. When I started this journey,
I had the support of my family and friends, but most
importantly, I had the support of my mom, who’s also a
Registered Nurse, and my fiance. They are both sitting in the audience, still here supporting me today. They stuck it out with me through all the late nights of studying, all the tears and stress I
endured. Mommy, we did it. (applause) I want to take a moment to recognize, or rather shed light on
one of our graduates, who despite an unthinkable tragedy, she stuck it out and worked
hard to be here today. She’s missing a part of
her support system, Katie. She lost her younger sister.
Maddie sadly passed away when she was halfway through the program and Katie’s still smiling
and still working it out. So, Katie, I just wanna let you know that she’s smiling on you. So, if I could just have the
graduates just give a round of applause for support of Katie. (applause) Thank you. I’m sure my fellow nursing
graduates have similar struggles and stories that we’ve all been through. We’ve all gone through so much and we still managed to make it through. So, to their family, friends
and major support systems, if they haven’t told you yet, thank you. Let me tell you a little bit
about the life of a Q.C.C. student nurse. We work hard. (audience laughs) We make sacrifices, we dislike the select all that applies. (laughs) (audience laughs) And the professor is always right. (audience laughs) We are all diagnosed with
stress related to anxiety, and at risk for stress overload. (audience laughs) As graduates, we are
diagnosed with success related to the Q.C.C. nursing program. This program taught us how to study, our ABC’s are always first and we’re taught how to
advocate for our patients and ourselves, how to
calculate our grades, even if they weren’t
officially on Blackboard. (audience laughs) And, the right answer is always potassium. (audience laughs) We’ve all had great moments
together as students, friends and colleagues, and those moments will forever be embedded in my mind. We’ve laughed, we’ve cried, and now we’ll all become nurses together. So, to our professors who’ve seen us grow, and just help us to become
better people and nurses, thank you. Thank you for listening to us complain about not being
able to review the exams. Thank you for listening
to us just when we needed someone to talk to. Most importantly, thank you
for never giving up on us. I wanna especially thank Dr. Spencer, who, even if you didn’t have her
in lecture or in clinicals, she’s always pulling us
to the side and telling us we can do it, and we did. I wanna thank Professor
Sutton who is not here, I didn’t see her. Oh she’s here, oh. Professor Sutton, thank you. (laughs) Who gave me the basic
principals I needed to survive one-to-one clinicals. And encourage us every step of the way. Professor Fitzgerald,
who when I felt like 102 would break me, she
told me no matter what, I would be a great nurse
one day. So, thank you. Professor Colalillo, who’d
give it to us straight. But, who’d do so smiling and
still help us along the way if we had an issue. Processor Tse, who gave us the most difficult
patients on the floor, we’re always grateful,
because we learned so much in a short period of time. Doctor Stroehlein, who made
sure we had our acts together before we left med-search
rotation one last time. She never missed an opportunity
to teach us something new, or reinforce what we’ve learned throughout the entire program. Professor Molloy, who
could look at my face and know exactly what to say to me, no matter what mood I
was in, happy, or sad. And lastly, Professor
and Chairperson Menendez, who would come into our
exams and encourage us to take deep breaths and
meditate and remind us that we could do it. I wanna congratulate you
as well, Professor Menendez because you got another 60 of us through. And we’ll go on to keep that
NCLEX pass right very high, 100% right guys? (laughs) To my peers, we will get there. One of my final quotes
that I wanted to just say and leave you guys with
when I will walk through the halls of North Shore Manhasset, before we went up to the
unit to see patients. By the late, great, Maya Angelou. “People will forget what you said, they will forget what you did, but they will never forget
how you made them feel.” Thank you, and congratulations again. (applause) – Thank you, Jamila. At this time we’ll have
the presentation of pins, the students have selected
the following faculty: Dr. Barbara Blake-Campbell,
Professor Tina Bayer, Professor Janice Molloy,
and Dr. Margaret Stroehlein. Cue the music. (applause) (inspirational music) – First row. (applause) (applause) (applause) (applause) (laughs) (applause) (applause) (applause) (applause) (applause) (applause) (applause) (applause) (applause) (applause) Janice come in closer. (applause) (applause) (applause) (applause) Janice, come in more. (applause) (applause) (applause) (applause) (applause) (applause) (applause) (applause) (applause) (applause) (applause) Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for coming to our Candlelighting
Ceremony, on behalf of the graduating Class, the
Student Nurses Association, faculty and friends. Please
have a wonderful, wonderful day. Thank you. (applause)

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2 thoughts on “Nursing Candle Lighting Ceremony (May 2019)

  1. awesome, I always look forward to seeing this program every semester and hope one day that I will be there to celebrate my own candlelight ceremony at Qcc.

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