Nursing graduates celebrate with pinning ceremony

TRAVERSE CITY — December graduates of Northwestern Michigan College’s associate degree nursing (ADN) program will receive their nursing pins, the traditional symbol marking their transition into the profession, at a ceremony set for 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11 in Milliken Auditorium of the Dennos Museum Center on main campus.

Signifying the achievement of completing a nursing education, the pinning ceremony is a tradition dating back centuries. Its present, candlelit setting format dates to Florence Nightingale, the nineteenth-century founder of modern nursing. She was known for her night rounds during the Crimean War and her work to improve patient care and conditions.

About 30 graduates will receive their pins from a mentor each has chosen. The ceremony will include remarks from nursing faculty members Mac Beeker and Tami Livengood as well as student speakers Noah Degan and Katie Logan. Nursing students led the revival of the pinning ceremony at NMC last year, after it was discontinued some years ago.

 NMC’s first nursing class graduated in 1963. Both degree and certificate options are available. Simulation labs on campus and clinical rotations at Munson Medical Center complement the classroom education. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Release date: december 10, 2019

For more information:

Cameron Penny
Director, Alumni Relations
(231) 995-2825


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