Pinning Ceremony for First Graduates of WVSU Nursing Program set for Friday, May 12

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May 10, 2023
Pinning Ceremony for First Graduates of WVSU Nursing Program set for Friday, May 12

INSTITUTE, W.Va. – A pinning ceremony recognizing the first graduates of the West Virginia State University (WVSU) nursing program will take place Friday, May 12, beginning at 6 p.m. in the James C. Wilson University Union on campus.

The ceremony in room 134 of the union will feature remarks from WVSU President Ericke Cage, WVSU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. J. Paige Carney and a keynote address from Dr. Anitra Ellis. A Family Nurse Practitioner at Coalfield Health Center in Chapmanville, Ellis also serves as Community Educator of Wild, Wonderful, and Healthy Logan County. She is also the author of the children’s book “My Mommy the Nurse Practitioner.”

“This is a true milestone for our program as our first graduating class completes their classwork and enters the workforce,” said Dr. Mary Sizemore, director of nursing. “And this pinning ceremony honors our graduates as they move from being students into members of the nursing profession.”

WVSU’s bachelor of science in nursing degree program began in 2020. The program is now enrolling for the fall 2023 semester. For more information, visit

For more information or questions about the pining ceremony contact Cristal Miller, administrative assistant in the nursing department, at (304) 766-5107 or

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