December 7, 2022

Nursing students celebrate pinning a milestone

WEST LIBERTY, (W.Va.) – West Liberty University nursing students preparing to graduate this Saturday participated in the annual pinning ceremony today to mark their admission into the professional field of nursing. medical care.

The WLU Nursing Pinning Ceremony took place at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, May 5 at the Kelly Theater. Twenty-four students participated.

The department head, Dr. Rose Kutlenios, welcomed the graduates and guests. The Chairman, Dr. W. Franklin Evans, then delivered his opening address and congratulated the nurses for a job well done.

The class of 2022 nursing graduates earning a bachelor of science in nursing includes: Zachary Banks, St. Clairsville, Ohio; Marissa Beal, Bridgeport, Ohio; Lauren Bonar, McMechen, W.Va.; Hannah Burgess, Wheeling, West Virginia; Claire Dieffenbaugher, Wheeling, West Virginia; Mackenzie Drake, Paden City, West Virginia; Erin Edwards, St Clairsville, Ohio; Fall Gossett, Moundsville, W.Va.; Morgan Hicks, New Cumberland, W.Va.; Bailey Lyons, Glen Easton, W.Va.; Maggie Lyons, Cameron, W.Va.; Marks McHaffie, Chester, W.Va.; Kylie McKennen, Triadelphia, West Virginia; Briana Mills, Buckeye, Ohio; Carly Pajak, Wheeling, West Virginia; Savannah Popp, Bethel Park, Pennsylvania; Corbin Rutan, Wheeling, West Virginia; Sydney Schumacher, Elkins, W.Va. and Alexis Williams, Benwood, W.Va.

Graduates earning the RN to BSN degree include: Trista Beatty, West Alexander, Pennsylvania; Lisa Glover, New Martinsville, West Virginia; Debbie Helms, Wheeling, West Virginia; Kristina Liberati, Shadyside, Ohio and Elizabeth Purdy, Moundsville, W.Va.

The student speakers were Marques McHaffie and Alexis Williams.

The pinning ceremony was led by Dr. Kutlenios. All graduates also recited the Professional Nursing Pledge by Marion G. Howell, RN Awards were then presented to several seniors, listed below:

Wheeling Hospital Human Touch Award: Alexis Williams
Wheeling Hospital Sally H. Eberhard Award: Maggie Lyons
Eastern Star Award: Lisa Glover
Before closing the program, the Dean of the College of Science, Dr. Karen Kettler, took to the podium and congratulated the students while offering her personal congratulations. Closing remarks were delivered by Acting Vice President Dr. Cathy Monteroso.

WLU’s nursing program consistently ranks among the best in the region, and it recently received a major grant from West Virginia Governor Jim Justice’s Nursing Workforce Expansion Program.

Through this grant, new scholarships to help students with tuition and fees are available for incoming students in both the traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and the BA-BS program at BSN or second degree.

For more information about WLU’s nursing program, please attend the Open House on May 20, 2022, taking place at the Campbell Hall of Health Sciences from 8:30 a.m. to noon. To register, please visit the website: or call 304.336.8108.

Student speakers from left, Marques McHaffie and Alexis Williams.