• The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Career Center of the CSIU graduated 17 students on the evening of December 12th, 2019. Dr. Timothy Campbell, the Director of the Central Susquehanna LPN Career Center, presided over the ceremony, which took place at festively decorated United Lutheran Church in Sunbury. The program, delivered to a full house of friends, family members, and faculty, included comments and reflections from Jessica Probst, the Nursing Education Managing Coordinator; Dr. Bernadette Boerckel, Director of Community Outreach; and Class Speaker, Aisley Pomana. In her speech, Ms. Pomana described the experience of going through the LPN Career Center, beginning with the excitement of being accepted and preparing to be a nursing student, through the trials and tribulations of the program, to the actual practice of nursing. She recalled the shared experiences of her class and the many friends and family members who helped all of the nursing students get through rigorous and challenging courses and clinicals.

    Awards were presented to the following students:

    Academic Excellence Award
    Jill Mestlin

    Academic Achievement Award
    Aisley Pomana

    Brittany Mook Memorial Nursing Award
    Paige Wichurowski

    Sally Crouse Singer Maternal/Child Nursing Award
    Keith Lang

    Nottingham Village Geriatric Nursing Award
    Kayla Dumas

    Perfect Attendance Award
    Kayla Dumas 

    While processing in and out of the church, graduates carried ceramic lamps with candles. The lamps represented the lamp of learning present in many graduation ceremonies, but also Florence Nightingale--The Lady with the Lamp. Nightingale, a nurse during the Crimean War, is known as the founder of modern nursing and is remembered for visiting with soldiers at night by lantern. During the presentation of the diplomas, graduates also received pins and roses and recited the Nursing Pledge. Several graduates were pinned by a relative in nursing, which is a tradition dating back to the 1800s 

    It was clear from the enthusiasm and pride shown by the 106th Graduating Class that they were truly embarking upon, “ A Career in Caring.”, as stated by The LPN Career Center’s long-standing tagline.

    2019 December LPN graduates  
    The December 2019 Central Susquehanna LPN Career Center graduating class

     Bernadette Boerckel delivers address during ceremony.  
    Dr. Bernadette Boerckel, CSIU Community Outreach Director, delivers an address to the graduating class and ceremony attendees.

     Aisley Pomana addresses those attending the graduation ceremony.
    Aisley Pomana, delivers an address to the graduating class and ceremony attendees.