Diversity is the Hallmark of Queensborough’s Nursing Graduates


Nearly half of the 58 Nursing students who graduated from Queensborough during the 2013 Candlelighting ceremony are originally from Asia, the Caribbean, Africa, Pakistan, the Middle East and Central and South America. The ceremony, which was held in the Humanities Theatre on May 23, included 8 men—a full 13% of the graduating class.

Cheers, tears, thunderous applause and call-outs for “mommy” accompanied every phase of the event, from the Processional to the Candlelighters, Presentation of Pins and finally, the Recessional.

In her opening remarks, President Diane B. Call said, “I have great admiration for your determination to excel and know that you will go on to develop your talents, complete higher degrees and perhaps return here to teach. We hope you will always think of Queensborough as your family.”

“Nursing demands a life-long commitment to learning and each of you has demonstrated the passion and ability to pursue this calling,” said Anne Marie Menéndez, Chairperson and Professor, Nursing who added that Queensborough’s Nursing program is renowned for its diligence in keeping pace with technology, addressing the needs of veterans and offering dual/joint programs with CUNY’s Hunter College and York College.

Samantha Morel, President of the Student Nurses Association, exclaimed, “We are all proud to be QCC graduates and will embrace the future with open arms!”

The invocation for the program was given by Alexandra Tarasko, Professor and Deputy Chairperson, Nursing; Chair, Faculty Executive Committee; and the congratulatory address was given by Janice Molloy, Associate Professor, Nursing.