19 May 17 Graduate from HU Nursing Program
Seventeen Huntington University graduating nursing students were honored in a traditional pinning ceremony today.
The Class of 2014 is the fourth graduating class from the Department of Nursing.
The history of the pinning ceremony comes from the Crimean War when Florence Nightingale took 38 women to Turkey to nurse sick and wounded British soldiers. As she cared for her patients by the light of a lamp, Florence Nightingale became known as the “lady with the lamp.” As a tribute to Florence’s dedication, the lamp icon became symbolic of nursing. In the traditional ceremony, the nursing pin is used to signify this same dedication, the end of formal education and the beginning of practice. It is a way of welcoming graduates into the nursing profession.
At the ceremony, students received the Huntington University Department of Nursing pin with the department’s emblem.
“The pinning ceremony has a distinctive meaning to graduating nursing students as it signifies the end of an intense and rigorous education leading them to the socialization into their chosen careers,” said Dr. Margaret Winter, director of nursing.
You can view photos of the individual students on the HU site.