The College of Staten Island (CSI) honored its January 2009 Associate of Applied Science Nursing graduates today in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.

A diverse and eclectic group of 81 graduate nurses received their CSI Nursing Pins and took the International Council of Nurses Pledge during the traditional Nightingale lamp ceremony.

The student speaker was Francis McCarthy, who was chosen for this honor as a result of her sterling academic record. Christian Narducci, the student chairperson and master of ceremonies for this event, moderated the ceremony and Senator Andrew Lanza addressed the graduates as the guest speaker.

The graduates dedicated this ceremony to autism awareness and made a donation in the name of the class of January 2009 to the Little Miracles Preschool for Autism. The class members also wore flowers with an autism-awareness ribbon.

L-R: Christian Narducci, Sen. Andrew Lanza, Mary O'Donnell, and Frank Guanti at the Pinning Ceremony