The University of Pittsburgh Titusville honored this year’s class of graduating nurses during the ninth annual pinning ceremony in the J. Curtis McKinney II Student Union on Friday, April 29, 2016.

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, Stephanie Adams of Sandy Lake 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 Olivia Tracey of Titusville for demonstrating caring and compassion, while assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating nursing care.

The Organization and Collaboration Award was presented to Tracy Long of Spring Creek for demonstrating exceptional performance in collaborating with classmates, faculty, and all members of the health care team.

The Growth in Learning Award was presented to Peter Turner of Titusville for demonstrating considerable growth in personal learning behaviors.

In addition to the pins, two students were selected to receive an academic achievement award.  Jeffrey Glass from Corry and Amber Dale from Townville were recognized for their outstanding academic success.