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Harford Community College held its biannual Induction Ceremony for the Gamma Upsilon Nursing Honor Society on February 25, 2019, in Darlington Hall on the College's campus. The ceremony was attended by the students; family, friends, nursing faculty and staff.

The spring 2019 inductees were Grace Bachman, Danielle Brigham, Matthew Bustos, Dainaly Caraballo, Kelsey Cochran, Katie Davis, Stephany Davis, Alexandrea dos Santos, Cassandra Eiklor, Alexandra Giordano, Benjamin Haydon, Alexandra LaComb, Kala Lincoln, Raven Lucas, Nicholas McGowan, Katherine Pasqualini, Payton Rill, Pamela Sanderson, and Steven Velte.

The students are in their fourth and final semester of the nursing program and will graduate this May. In order to be eligible for induction, they must have achieved a final grade of at least a "B" in all previous nursing courses, demonstrated conduct that reflects integrity and professionalism on campus and in the clinical setting, and completed a service project during their third semester of the nursing program.

The ceremony was followed by a reception, at which guests had the opportunity to view the inductees' service project poster presentations and discuss them with the students. The required service project is a recruitment-oriented or educational project that supports the goals of the national Alpha Delta Nu Honor Society. This group of inductees developed projects related to Mental Health, Hand Hygiene, Sleep Hygiene, Social Engagement, and HPV, which were presented at various locations across Harford County: HCC's Student Center, HCC's Early Learning Center, a HCPS high school, and a senior center.

The Organization for Associate Degree Nursing established the Alpha Delta Nu Honor Society and allowed for the establishment of Institutional Honor Society Chapters to promote scholarship and academic excellence in the profession of nursing. The institutional chapter at Harford Community College is the Gamma Upsilon Chapter. Eligible HCC nursing students receive a written invitation to join Gamma Upsilon at the beginning of their third semester.

The objective of Alpha Delta Nu is to recognize the academic excellence of students in the study of associate degree nursing. The society encourages the pursuit of advanced degrees in nursing as well as continuing education as a lifelong professional responsibility. Additionally, the society participates in the recruitment of qualified individuals into the nursing profession.

Faculty co-advisors for Gamma Upsilon are Mary Beverly Gallagher, Kristin McCreary, Jessica Powers and Tina Zimmerman.

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