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College of Nursing pins new nursing graduates

University Relations // 12.16.2016

The College of Nursing at Charleston Southern University held its pinning ceremony for graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program Dec. 15. The event was held in the Whitfield Center for Christian Leadership.

Each graduate received a ceremonial pin featuring the CSU seal on the front and Matthew 28:19 – “Go ye therefore, and teach,” CSU’s founding principle, engraved on the back.

Dr. Michael Bryant, executive vice president at CSU, told the graduates, “You stand in a unique place in your life. You are completing a journey, and you are beginning a new journey. I encourage you to show the compassion of Jesus. Go and minister outside of CSU.”

The College of Nursing also recognized Olivia Beck with the Bachelor of Science Excellence in Nursing honor for “outstanding overall performance.”

The College of Nursing is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and is a member of the National League for Nursing and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. The BSN program has a 95 percent nine-year average pass rate on the national exam required to receive a license to practice (NCLEX-RN). This is currently the highest nine-year pass rate of all accredited BSN programs in the state of South Carolina.

The December 2016 Bachelor of Science graduates are:

  • Olivia Beck
  • Sarah Chaney
  • Ashley Cherry
  • Lindsey Davis
  • Lauren Hinson
  • Genesis Hodges
  • Lauren Horton
  • Mandaline Mahan
  • Shawntrell Martino
  • Christina Morgan
  • Heather Pettett
  • Bree Scales
  • Courtney Settles
  • Debra Simmons
  • Kelsey Wilkins

Graduates of the RN-BSN program were also recognized at the ceremony. The list includes: Brandy Jacobs, Brenda Perez, Katie Schoppe and Brandi Taylor (August 2016) and Amelia Albertson, Amber Crawford, Amy Duttera, Cheryl Floyd and Virginia Jacobs (December 2016).


Founded in 1964, Charleston Southern University is a private, four-year liberal arts college. CSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and is affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention. The university's vision is to be a Christian university nationally recognized for integrating faith in learning, leading and serving.