St. Elizabeth nursing grads include area students

Leanna Sweet

Marie Burr

Area students were among the 86 who graduated from the St. Elizabeth College of Nursing today. The 106th graduation was held at the Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Utica, following a procession across Genesee Street from the College.

The associate degree in nursing was presented to weekday and weekend graduates by Mrs. Marian Kovatchitch, president of the College, and Ms. Laurie Franklin, dean of academic affairs.

The St. Elizabeth College of Nursing pin was presented by Mrs. Elaine Brown, MS, RN, and Mrs. Jennifer Dunlap, MS, RN, class advisers.

Robert Scholefield, Vice-President/COO of St. Elizabeth Medical Center, welcomed the graduates, faculty, staff and participants. The commencement address was given by Richard Ketcham, FACHE, President/CEO of St. Elizabeth Medical Center.

Two of the class leaders are area residents. They are:

Weekend Valedictorian is Leanna Sweet of Rome, daughter of Deborah Sweet-Rajchel. The graduate of Rome Free Academy also has A bachelor’s of arts degree from Fordham University. She plans to pursue a career in nursing.

Weekday Salutatorian is Marie Burr of Woodgate. Married to Ron Burr, she is daughter of Dorothy Richter and the late Frank Austin and a graduate of Remsen Central School. The mother of two children, Heather, 21; and Justin, 17, she plans to work for St. Elizabeth Medical Center in the Special Care Unit.

The college is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc., and registered by the New York State Education Department.

Graduates listing Rome mailing addresses were:

Olivia Mellace, Amanda Sandstrom, Leesa Streeter, Leanna Sweet, Alicia Trudeau.

Other area graduates:

Barneveld — Bhumika Patel

Blossvale — Lauren Collins

Boonville — Corrine Reed, Richelle Mastraccio

Camden — Valerie Fuller, Lori Staelens

Cleveland — Katherine Wines

Clinton — Kari Sperduto

Deansboro — Karina Moran

Deerfield — Barbara Hardy

Hinckley — Michael Spine

Holland Patent — Kim Penner

Lee Center — Rachael Pegues

Lowville — Sarah Pate

Marcy — Mary Friot

North Bay — Maracia Kimball-Smith

Old Forge — Kathy Aliasso, Karen Russell

Oneida — Leah Jakubowski

Oriskany — Danielle Anderson. Mary Falero, Susan Okey

Vernon Center — Megan James

Westernville — Ashley Urtz, Kelsey Bird

Whitesboro— Laura Keating, Amanda O’Connell

Woodgate — Marie Burr