At the conclusion of the spring 2022 semester, the UF College of Nursing celebrated its Traditional BSN graduates as they marked the end of their student careers. The pinning tradition dates back centuries and signals the beginning of a career as a professional nurse.
At this year’s ceremony, special guests were honored for their exceptional contributions to the profession. Evelyn Moore Mickle, the first African American nursing student to graduate from the University of Florida, was honored as the 2022 College of Nursing Alumnus of the Year. Read more about Alumna of the Year Evelyn Mickle and how she received her College of Nursing pin.
College of Nursing faculty Michael Maymi and Sunny Yoon were awarded the DAISY Foundation Award for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty for their inspirational influence on student nurses.
Several graduating students were also recognized with an award honoring their embodiment of college pillars of excellence:
Excellence in Nursing Care
Michael Vincent Ruggiero
Excellence in Nursing Leadership
Alexis Jean Bouters
Excellence in Inspiring Others Through Nursing
Jessica Gabrielle Peoples
Excellence in Community Service
Adrianna Ellice Philippe
Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion
Monica Thalia Echagarruga
Excellence in Research
Kiley Nicole Van Cleave