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CHS holds first Nursing Clinical Graduation


The College of Health Sciences (CHS) of the Catanduanes State University (CatSU) marked a historic moment on January 30, 2023, with the holding of its first Nursing Clinical Graduation at the CatSU gymnasium.

The day began with a Eucharistic Celebration at the Risen Christ Chapel, led by Father Eric John T. Rojas.

After the Mass, the opening ceremony officially kicked off with a welcome address from the Dean of the College of Health Sciences, Prof. Joel T. Olfindo. Prof. Mary Ellaine T. Tapel presented the candidates for Clinical Graduation, while former College Dean and Senior Faculty member, Dr. Jocelyn Ll. Jordan led the lighting of the Nightingale’s Lamp.

“Today marks a special day in your journey towards becoming professional nurses. Keep striving to reach your goals and make your ambitions your inspiration. I thank the parents for their unwavering support and for keeping their children in prayer,” said Dean Olfindo.

The Ring Hop Ceremony, a highlight of the day, saw the graduates, assisted by the Dean, and Dr. Lily P. Custodio, Executive Vice President (EVP) received their rings. In his message, Dr. Custodio expressed her pride and joy for the graduates, most especially for their parents. She also gave challenged the student nurses to bring excellence in having top notchers very soon.

During the ceremony, several awards were also given to the students, including the Leadership Award, Achievement Award, Best in RLE award, Best in Case Study, Best in Thesis, and Outstanding Student Nurse. EVP Dr. Custodio, Dean Olfindo, Dr. Alma V. Tabirara, Program Chair, and Prof. Tapel, Clinical Supervisor, presented the awards and certificates.

Dr. Ma. Pamela S. Viñas, Education Supervisor II of the CHED Regional Office and a College of Nursing alumna, served as the keynote speaker of the event.

Dr. Viñas encouraged future nurses to challenge themselves to bring success to their chosen profession. She emphasized the importance of being prepared and stressed that success can only be achieved through dedication, commitment, and passion.

Meanwhile, Ms. Hannah Eden Santos, the Outstanding Student Nurse, Class of 2022, delivered a message of gratitude. Dr. Jordan recited the Nursing Pledge of Allegiance, while the CHS faculty members performed a musical number. Dr. Alma V. Tabirara gave the closing remarks, wrapping up the celebration of the student's hard work and dedication.

The Clinical Graduation marked the end of the students' clinical exposure in hospitals and the community for the Class of 2022. The students completed a total of 2703 duty hours over four years, fulfilling a requirement for their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. This was the first Clinical Graduation to be held since the pandemic. To celebrate the event, the Batch of 2023 hosted a send-off party in the evening at the gymnasium.  #CVecilles