It Runs in the Family:
Alyson Mason ‘14
“I cannot wait; I’m so excited,” said Cedar Crest nursing student, Alyson Mason ’14 when asked how she feels about graduation. On Saturday, May 10, Mason walked with more than 250 other graduates for the 144th Commencement Ceremony and joined the ranks of a prestigious alumnae network.
Mason chose to attend Cedar Crest because of the strength of the nursing program and the rate at which students pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). Currently, 92 percent of Cedar Crest nursing students pass the NLCEX exam the first time they take it. When finally having the opportunity to visit campus for accepted student’s day, Mason said she knew it was where she wanted to go to school.
“I think that Cedar Crest offers a different type of education because it is a smaller, closer knit community. I’ve met and now know a lot of people and there are a lot who’ve been supportive of me throughout my five years. It definitely benefited my education.”
Mason added that the faculty in the nursing department were a huge support system throughout her five years at Cedar Crest. “They really, truly do want you to do well in the program. They were always open to meet with me any time I needed. I felt like they really wanted me to succeed.
Mason knew she wanted to be nurse since she was young. While growing up, her mother, who is also a nurse, was always a role model for her. As soon as Mason was old enough, she worked as a hospital volunteer in a day care center. Today, Mason said she still loves to work with children and hopes to find a position in pediatrics.
While at Cedar Crest, Mason balanced her nursing studies while also playing softball. She received a varsity award for playing softball for four years, was the most improved player her junior year and was named to the All-Academic Team for the Colonial States Athletic Conference for maintaining a GPA of 3.2 or higher. Mason is a member of the Student Nurses Association and was previously the President of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee.