Graduating Nurses Recognized During Pinning Ceremony at Mars Hill University

Mars Hill University honored the 2022 graduates of the Judge-McRae School of Nursing during a pinning ceremony on Friday, May 13, 2022. The ceremony for this year’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) graduates was held in Moore Auditorium.

The spring 2022 graduates of MHU’s pre-licensure B.S.N. program are:

  • Lauren Allen of Barnardsville, North Carolina
  • Michaela Baker of Arden, North Carolina
  • William Brawley of Morganton, North Carolina
  • Brianna Broussard Tosh of Chapin, South Carolina
  • Sydney Craig of Greer, South Carolina
  • Samantha DeRosa of Flat Rock, North Carolina
  • Sarah Goddard of Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Sabrina Lunsford of Alexander, North Carolina
  • Leighanna Lusk Herron of Leicester, North Carolina
  • Charles McPherson of Apex, North Carolina
  • Margaret Metcalfe of Trent Woods, North Carolina
  • James Landry Phillips of Spruce Pine, North Carolina
  • Thera Powell of Weaverville, North Carolina
  • Cyanne Silvers of Lincolnton, North Carolina
  • Lualhati Smith of Mars Hill, North Carolina
  • Peyton Smith of Candler, North Carolina
  • Ty Snelson of Hot Springs, North Carolina
  • Abigail Sprouse of Morganton, North Carolina
  • Rachel Stigall of Weaverville, North Carolina

Several students received special awards:

  • Michaela Baker received the Academic Excellence award
  • Charles McPherson received the Care Provider Excellence award
  • James Landry Phillips received the Leadership Excellence award

Special speaker for the pinning ceremony was Clare Chambers, assistant professor of nursing. Thera Powell was the student speaker. The ceremony included an Anointing of Hands, during which assistant chaplain Rev. Andrew Hoots anointed the new nurses’ hands with olive oil.

Graduating nurses received a pin which signifies their transition from the student role to the medical practice role. The tradition is said to have originated in the 1860s with Florence Nightingale, who is considered the founder of modern nursing. After receiving their pins, the nurses lit lamps and recited the Nightingale/Nursing Pledge, which is an adaptation of the Hippocratic Oath taken by physicians.

The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Mars Hill University (Judge-McRae School of Nursing) is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( The Judge-McRae School of Nursing and Ferguson Health Sciences Center received support from GoldenLEAF Foundation.