Nurse pinning Ceremony

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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.

Stephanie Anderson
Katrina Bean
Diondrea Brown
Holly Brown
Ramona Casady
Amy Combs
Leigh Combs
April Crawford
Dennis Dela Paz
Alicia Easterling
Stephanie English
Ashley Estrada
Tiffany Geisler
Stephenie Glenn
Chelsea Guillory
Sarina Helton
Justin Hendrix
Linsey Hewitt
Traci Hines
Autumn Ingram
Lauren Irons
Jannai Johnson
Krista Kendrick
Susan Kirk
Crystal McDaniel
Andrea Menie
Uchenna Okolonwamu
Aubrey Richardson
Patricia Smith
Julie Southern
Ashley Sphar
Madyson Stansell
Mary Stopp
Maranda Stout
Angie Teal
Lacy Thompson
Adam Tucker
Michelle Walls
Stephanie Whittmore
Cassie Womack