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2015 Nurse Pinning and DNP Hooding Ceremony

May 29, 2015 by Brandman University

Mr. and Mrs. Musco were honored guests at the 2015 Nurse Pinning and DNP hooding ceremony in Irvine as graduates celebrate completion of bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate programs from the Marybelle and S. Paul Musco School of Nursing and Health Professions. Congratulations to the graduates from the Class of 2015!


Voice over: It is a joyful day for Brandman University. Faculty and students from the Marybelle and S. Paul Musco School of Nursing and Health Professions gathered with family and friends in Irvine. We’re here for the pining of new nurses and the hooding ceremony for those who completed the doctorate of nursing practice.

Dr. Tyke Hanisdh, interim dean of nursing: “I am feeling so proud and so excited for all the students. I mean, it’s just the energy is so magnificent. And, I’m so proud of everyone who is here.”

S. Paul Musco: “My whole family is dedicated to medicine. My two sisters were army nurses in World War II and this is dedicated in honor of them. Plus, my son is a doctor. There are many nurses. I was a medic in the U.S. Navy. And, so I get sick once in a while.”

Marybelle Musco: “It feels fabulous to be able to congratulate the new particularly graduate nurses. I know how important it is to have wonderful,caring nurses who are so professional and such expertise in their field.”

VO: There are 74 soon-to-be graduates here today completing a bachelor of science in nursing, master’s degree or DNP.

Dr. Erika Cruz: “It’s been an amazing journey and I am going to miss everybody. But, it was well-worth it.”

VO: “What made you decide to pursue nursing?”

Cruz: “People. You know I just had a deep appreciation and love for people, especially elderly and the aging. And my goal is to help people age with grace and to be able to deal with the aging process and the loss of independence and be able to just basically age with a lot of dignity. That’s what my goal.”

Dr. Chris Tran: “I feellike this is overwhelmingly exciting. The last three years have been so awesome and
challenging at the same time. And I feel like this is the moment that I feel like. This is it! I made it. I also say thank you to my partner, Todd, who has been very awesome and very supportive.”

Todd Pins: “It’s been a long-term dream for Chris to actually graduate with his doctorate degree. So great university and he’s finally done it.”

Dr. Blake Vaughan: “This is my 30th year as a nurse and now a doctor of nursing practice. So it’s been a great journey, you know. So I’m hoping that I can make a change I know that sounds you know a little cliche, but I really am. Particularly in mental health. There’s a lot that needs to be done and I am very passionate about the people I serve. That’s why I went back to school. So I could do more to serve them.”

VO: The Musco I Three Awards were also presented today to people representing inquire, innovate, and inspire. In addition to recognition by the faculty, Mr. and Mrs. Musco donated a cash prize of $1,000 for each award.
Dr. Melanie Imbo was one of the surprised honorees.

Dr. Melanie Imbo: “I’m just overwhelmed with the emotions. It was really overwhelming. And it was so nice and really nursing is part of my life. I started nursing more than 30 years ago. And, I work with community. So going back to the community was a really exciting for me.”

Janet, Samantha and Camille Imbo: “I am so proud of her. She’s the best. She always does above and beyond. She never stops. She never gives up. And it’s amazing. We’re proud of you, mom!”

VO: From all of us at Brandman University, congratulations to the nursing graduates from the class of 2015.”

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