Connors State College celebrated the graduation of 40 new nurses this May in a pinning ceremony held May 9, 2014 on the Warner campus. Graduates were pinned by a family member or friend of their choice and given the opportunity to thank those who sacrificed with them as they achieved their goal.
“The ceremony signifies the nursing student’s official initiation into the brotherhood and sisterhood of nurses,” said Joyce Johnson, CSC interim division chair of nursing. “The ceremony is rich with symbolism. It is the right of passage which can be traced all the way back to the twelfth century.”
The modern ceremony dates back to the 1860’s, when Florence Nightingale was awarded the Red Cross of St. George in recognition for her diligent service to the injured during the Crimean War. To share the honor she in turned presented a medal of excellence to her brightest graduates. By 1916, the practice of pinning new graduates was standard throughout the United States and Connors follows this practice.
Dennis Dela Paz