Top nursing graduates receive academic awards

Dr. Mailloux poses with the honorees.
Dr. Mailloux poses with the honorees.

The Misericordia University Department of Nursing recently recognized the academic accomplishment of its top graduates Kurt Knecht of Seven Fields, Pa.; Alyssa Smith of Myerstown, Pa.; Nicholas Morreale of Pittston Twp.; Lori Piazza of Larksville, Pa., and Courtenay McDonough of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., at the annual Honors and Awards Ceremony in Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall on campus.

The students graduated May 18 at the 87th annual Commencement ceremony in the Anderson Sports and Health Center on campus.

Knecht received the John Glawe Award for Caring and Compassion in Nursing. The award is presented to a BSN student who exemplifies caring and compassion with clients in a clinical setting.

Smith was presented the Sister Mary Kateri Dowart Award for excellence and leadership in nursing.

Piazza was presented with the M. Bernadette Hogan Nursing Award which is given annually to a graduating student who exemplifies outstanding service and leadership to the profession of nursing and to the greater community.

Morreale was awarded the Clinical Excellence Award that is given to a student whose grade point average is greater than 3.0 and who is judged by the faculty to administer superior nursing skills in clinical practice.

McDonough was the recipient of the Dr. Marcie Jones Graduating Nursing Award which is given to a graduate nursing student in good academic standing who demonstrates living Misericordia’s mission through its tenets of Mercy, Service, Justice and Hospitality.


Misericordia University recognized the academic accomplishments of its graduating nursing students. Receiving awards, seated from left, are Lori Piazza, Alyssa Smith and Courtenay McDonough; standing, Nicholas Morreale, Dr. Cynthia Mailloux, chair of the Department of Nursing at Misericordia University, and Kurt Knecht.