Wilkes ceremony celebrates tradition, future
WILKES-BARRE — Tabitha Hapeman of Harding joined a long line of nurses in her family as she received her bachelor’s degree in nursing during Wilkes University’s 62nd annual commencement Saturday.
BY KRISTEN GAYDOS
“I’m exited, nervous, anxious … but very much ready to begin a new chapter of my life,” Hapeman, 21, said as the students lined up in the hallways at Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza.
Nursing is a family tradition, Hapeman said, who has well more than two dozen relatives who have chosen that profession.
“I also fell in love with not only the science of nursing, but also the art of nursing,” she said. “Any profession where you can lessen the suffering of others is a worthwhile profession.”
Wilkes University conferred 317 bachelor’s degrees, 339 master’s degrees, and 59 doctor of pharmacy degrees to 715 students during the ceremony. As the graduates strode onto the main floor of the arena, family members erupted in spontaneous cheers and waves as they spotted their loved ones in their caps and gowns.
I am so proud, Wilkes is my Alma Mater, Her Mom and I thank God for her success.
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