Graduating AB nursing students honored in virtual pinning ceremony

Twenty-three members of Alderson Broaddus (AB) University’s School of Nursing Class of 2020 were recognized during a virtual ceremony on Friday, May 8, for the senior nursing convocation. The event recognized the accomplishments of the graduating nursing students and marked the successful transition from student to nursing professional.

Dr. James “Tim” Barry, president of Alderson Broaddus University, provided the University welcome message. Following Dr. Barry’s opening remarks and a message from Dr. Kimberly White ’06, chair of AB’s School of Nursing, graduates were presented with nursing pins by members of their families. Students received a customized care package prior to the event that contained a t-shirt, a message of congratulations, mementos from members of the faculty, and a frameable copy of the Nightingale Pledge. The ceremony concluded with graduates reciting the Pledge, a vow of commitment to the moral and ethical values and principles to the practice of nursing.

The pinning ceremony, a time-honored tradition of nursing schools across the country, signifies a student’s completion of one of the most challenging curricula offered in higher education. “I am extremely proud of our 2020 graduates and their ability to thrive during this unprecedented time. They exhibited true dedication to completing their education and are prepared to take the next steps into their roles as nurses,” said Dr. White.

The Class of 2020 includes: Ariel Allen from Clarksburg, W.Va.; Heather Bare from Beckley, W.Va.; Melissa Bragg from Grafton, W.Va.; Treyann Cline from Grafton, W.Va.; William Cox, III from Yuma, Ariz.; Danielle Cunningham from South Charleston, W.Va.; April Daniel from Glen Daniel, W.Va.; Joshua Gould from Middletown, N.J.; Ashley Haney from Morgantown, W.Va.; Sarah Hart from Terra Alta, W.Va.; Alexandra Haydu from Milford, Pa.; Tiara Hunter from Gassaway, W.Va.; Carla Huybert from Walton, W.Va.; Courtney Judy from Inwood, W.Va.; Madeline Kalchik from San Diego, Calif.; Amy Lafaver from Turlock, Calif.; Laramie Linn from Fairmont, W.Va.; Corrine McDaniel from Moatsville, W.Va.; Christian Mendoza-Almendares from Los Angeles, Calif.; Jane Castillo-Navora from Iba, Zambales, Philippines; Cheyenne Padgett from Fellowsville, W.Va.; Madison Ross from Lancaster, Ohio; Michaela Schuenke from Jerseyville, Ill.

As was announced on April 20, the University is excited to recognize students on Saturday, May 30, at 1:00 PM with a virtual commencement ceremony. Alderson Broaddus remains committed to inviting the Class of 2020 back to campus for in-person celebrations when public health guidelines permit this to occur.

About Alderson Broaddus University

Alderson Broaddus (AB) University is a private, four-year institution of higher education located on a historic hilltop in Barbour County in Philippi, West Virginia. Since its founding in 1871, AB has been a leader and innovator in higher education, with accolades in the health and natural sciences.

Alderson Broaddus University stands out as one of the most innovative health education providers in Appalachia, pioneering the nation’s first baccalaureate physician assistant program of its kind in 1968 and a post-baccalaureate physician assistant master’s degree program in 1993. For more information, visit