Lisek among first Citadel nursing program grads

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CHARLESTON, S.C. — Samantha Lisek of Sims is a member of The Citadel’s first graduating class of nursing students.

Lisek earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and is among 20 undergraduates and one cadet nursing student who share the honor of making history for the college as the inaugural nursing class.

Lisek graduated during The Citadel Graduate College commencement ceremony held May 14 in McAlister Field House. Graduates accepted their diploma from Citadel alumnus and retired Marine Corps Gen. Glenn W. Waters, who was officiating as president for the first time.

Before graduating, the class took part in the college’s first nurse-pinning ceremony May 2 in Buyer Auditorium on campus. The ceremony is a longstanding tradition in the nursing industry and represents a symbolic welcoming of new nurses into the profession.

The Citadel offers a classic military college education. Graduates are not required to serve in the military but about one-third of each class commission as officers in every branch of U.S. military service. The Citadel Graduate College offers 26 graduate degree programs with 42 concentration options, 25 graduate certificate programs and 10 evening undergraduate programs.