Madonna ABSN Pinning Is All In The Family

The Duggan family poses for a photo after the ceremony in front of the Madonna backdrop

LIVONIA, MICH. – Although the August 3rd Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) pinning ceremony was relatively small in number of graduates, it was a really big deal, and as always, was a family affair. Nursing graduates were pinned by the grandmas, aunts, mothers, sisters, husbands, friends, and faculty members. 

One special guest, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, was in attendance to see his mother, Joan Duggan, BSN, 1973, pin her granddaughter and his niece, Sydney Duggan. A proud alumna, Joan was thrilled that she and her granddaughter earned Madonna nursing degrees fifty years apart. After the ceremony, the Duggan family filled the stage for a family photo. 

Graduate Amanda Gorski was proud to have her aunt Bernadette Brennan pin her. 

The DAISY Award for nursing excellence was presented to Jack Peterson, whose pediatric clinical endeared him to a young patient and his family. So much so, that the little boy would cry until he got Peterson as his nurse. 

In addition to being celebrated by their friends and family, several members of the Madonna family, including President Dougherty and Interim Dean Deborah Dunn, congratulated these Madonna nurses and wished them well in their careers.