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MVNU nursing, CSD students commissioned, hands blessed

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — Graduates of Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s Nursing and Communication Sciences and Disorders programs were recognized May 2, during the annual School of Nursing and Health Sciences Commissioning Service in the R.R. Hodges Chapel/Auditorium.

Five CSD and 23 nursing students received their pin from family or faculty members and a rose designating the color of their school. Each also received a “scrub pocket” size of the New Testament from Gideons International to offer spiritual comfort to patients in need.

CSD graduates are Katelyn Dufur, Katherine Hillger, Royce Lyons, Mikayla Smith and Hannah Liadan Weaver.

Nursing graduates are Kara Brown, Gabe Brunk, Olivia Canter, Iwalani Capobianco, Kristan Cook, Jordan Cormier, Autumn Deel, Morgan Gibson, Ceairia Keller, Kendra Kopaczewski, Amelia Kyle, Alanna Miller, Caroline Olsen, Cooper Orr, Rachel Parks, Devin Peck, Ethan Poore, Haley Roberts, Kimberly Roman, Bridgette Sartori, Samantha Shafer, Jeremy White and Jared Wise.

Ten students were also recognized for completing the RN to BSN Program. They are Christina Beverly, Brandy Brooks, Joshua Bryant, Denise Close, Sandra Horton, Angela Moyer, Lisa Retterer, Jared Stout, Kristina Wilson and Alfretta Yetzer.

Student testimonies were shared by Katelyn Dufur, CSD, and Gabriel Brunk, nursing.

Dufur encouraged her fellow graduates to find ways to spread the word of God to patients and coworkers.

“As healthcare professionals, we have the ability to make significant impacts on people’s lives and we must not take this lightly,” Dufur said. “We must treat every person that we come in contact with, with the inherent value that has been endowed in them by our creator.”

Brunk used his gift of poetry to illustrate how far the nursing majors have come and how they are prepared for this next chapter in their lives.

“Know that we are prepared for this next step,” Brunk said. “God wants to be right in the mess with you, so don’t push away. Remember what he has already done for you. Be present and obey the promptings he has for you and you will see people at their most vulnerable state.”

The following awards were presented:

Katelyn Dufur, Outstanding CSD Student; Brea Garretson, Student Nurse Chemistry Award; Rachel Parks, Christian Nursing Student Leadership, Traditional BSN recipient; Alfretta Yetzer, Christian Nursing Student Leadership, RN to BSN recipient; Ashley Clagg, labor and delivery nurse at Knox Community Hospital, Clinical Nurse Leadership Award.

Presenting the Blessing of the Hands, Dr. Jim Dorough asked the graduates to look at their own hands and consider how they will contribute to the healing of patients in their greatest times of need.

Rev. John Todd, during the Commissioning, explained to the graduates they are like the apostles, they have a common mission, but each with individual skills and will realize different accomplishments. They will, however, always have the support of their MVNU family.

“You are blessed by God and he will be with you,” said Todd. “Go with the greatest health care worker who ever lived — Jesus Christ.”

Special music was presented by Dr. Joseph Lechner, professor emeritus, and graduating nursing student Iwalani Capobianco.

For more information on MVNU’s CSD and Nursing programs, visit

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students, and working adults. With a 327-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and several convenient Graduate and Professional Studies locations throughout the state, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education to more than 2,200 students from 31 states and 22 countries/U.S. territories.