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Spring 2024 Pledge Ceremony welcomes sophomores into the study of nursing

The West Virginia University School of Nursing formally welcomed sophomores into the study of nursing during the Spring 2024 Nursing Pledge Ceremony, held Feb. 9 in the Okey Patteson Auditorium.

The nursing pledge is a commitment to demonstrate and respect the moral principles of the nursing profession. Specifically, the WVU School of Nursing Pledge speaks to integrity, compassion, ethics, patient advocacy and lifelong learning.

“Pledge is a a rite of passage or a promise to the profession of nursing,” said Veronica Cyphert, a nontraditional student enrolled in the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program. “When you sign your name on that line, you’ve begun your journey to becoming a licensed registered nurse and making a difference in your community.”

Veronica Cyphert, a sophomore in the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program. 

Since 2010, Cyphert has been working in occupational medicine, but seeing the work nurses do in the field inspired her to pursue the path herself. Specifically, she said seeing nurses care for babies in the NICU and helping to comfort and educate their parents made a lasting impact on her.

“I think if you really want to make a difference, if you really want to do something for yourself and for other people, this program is for you.”

More information about the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program can be found at


CONTACT: Wendy Holdren
Director of Communications and Marketing
WVU School of Nursing