The University of Pittsburgh Titusville honored this year’s class of graduating nurses during the tenth annual pinning ceremony in the J. Curtis McKinney II Student Union on Friday, April 28, 2017.
Patricia McClain, director and assistant professor of nursing, welcomed the graduates along with family members, to the ceremony.
McClain began the ceremony by displaying the nursing pins and explaining their significance. According to McClain, the pinning ceremony is an important part of the nursing program. The pinning ceremony is traditionally a symbolic awards ceremony where nursing graduates are presented with pins designating their schools.
The Pitt-Titusville pins are highlighted with the university name, a lamp to represent Florence Nightingale, and laurel branches which symbolizes honor and distinction.
During the ceremony, Taylor Jez was presented with the Professionalism Award. This award is given to a student who has shown exceptional performance in demonstrating professional behaviors, honoring confidentiality, exulting sensitivity to other’s needs, maintaining focus on healthcare needs, and strictly adhering to policy on procedures and protocol.
The Nursing Process award was presented to Jessica Pippin for demonstrating caring and compassion, while assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating nursing care.
The Growth in Learning Award was presented to Samantha Craker of Titusville for demonstrating considerable growth in personal learning behaviors.
In addition to the pins, Madison James was selected to receive an academic achievement award for her outstanding academic success.
Photo attached: Top Row (L-R): Samantha Craker, Taylor Ward Jez and Lauren Nagy.
Bottom Row (L-R): Jessica Pippen, Madison James and Kara Mitchell.