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St. Joseph School of Nursing graduates 116th class

The St. Joseph School of Nursing, located on the campus of Our Lady of Fatima Hospital in North Providence, held graduation ceremonies for its 116th class on May 11, 2018. Close to 1,000 family members and friends attended the celebration at the Cathedral of SS Peter and Paul in Providence. Reverend Timothy Reilly, J.C.L., Chancellor, Diocese of Providence, Rhode Island, and St. Joseph School of Nursing Dean Betty T. Sadaniantz, DNP, RN, presented diplomas, pins, and awards to 85 members of the graduating class of 2018 -- the last 43 graduates of the three year curriculum and the first 42 graduates of the newly-revised two year curriculum.

Diane Cocozza Martins, PhD, RN, delivered the commencement address. Lauren O’Flanagan, Class of 2018 New Curriculum class Valedictorian, offered the welcoming address and Carly VanOrden, Class of 2018 Old Curriculum class Valedictorian, delivered the farewell address. Tabitha Walker and Jessica Marfeo were Salutatorians for the Class of 2018 Old Curriculum and Class of 2018 New Curriculum classes respectively.

The following awards were given to the members of the 116th graduating class:

Graduates from the class of 2018 (Old Curriculum) are Yvonne Arthur, Treasure Asian, Lindsey Basile, Megan Berube, Vast I. Brown, Kori Cardoza, Sheena Carrier, Samantha Chanphom, Alexis Ciacciarelli, Kelsie Culotta, Gabrielle Dawson, Audrey DeCotis, Alicia Desmarais, Samantha Douglas, Erica Dubis, Danielle Enos, Brianna Falco, Kathleen Gagnon, Stephanie Gonzaga, Alecia Harrington, Caitlin Hogan, Jessica Howard, Breana Indeglia, Tayna Johnson, Isabella Merolla, Kayla Messier, Michelle Mitchell, Scott Mooney, Jeannie Ortiz, Diane Pezzullo, Joyce Pons, Ashley Randall, Katie Reall, Melody Rice, Ashley Ross, Arianna Sandland, Kayla Sluzewski, Patricia Teixeira, Vincent Tootell, Carly VanOrden, Tabitha Walker, Dena Washington, and Juliana Witt.

Class of 2018 (New Curriculum) graduates are Meghan Aguiar, Tayla Andrews, Ashley Ballou, Becky Bernard, Nicholas Bizier, Amanda Bourque, Brittany Butler, Melissa Casto, Abigail Choiniere, Hayden Costa, Alicia Cournoyer, Gianno Creighton, Randy D’Aquila, Nora Downing, Kristen Fennessy, Michael Fruggiero, Madison Gagnon, Kyle Gasior, Erica Harris, Valerie Jenkins, Corrissa Klapman, Rebecca Laplante, Kathryn Marciano, Andrew Marcoux, Jessica Marfeo, Angela Mattesini, Gina Miozza,  Lauren O’Flanagan, Nancy Orsini, Kimberly Paull, Victoria Pierce, Tanya Pimentel, Kayla Ross, Katherine Rostron, Danielle Smith, Jacqueline Sousa, Alexandra Souza, Sarah Spaulding, Elizabeth Trainor, Lauren Van Hemelrijck, Abby Voyer, and Rachel Wilkinson.

The Old Curriculum class is pictured below at the top; the New Curriculum class is pictured at the bottom

The St. Joseph School of Nursing is the state’s only hospital-based diploma program. Upon receiving their diploma, graduates are eligible to take the national licensing exam for registered nurses. To learn more, visit www.nursingri.com