Kelsey Kocan accepting her nursing pin from her mother, Karen Kocan. 


The University of Pittsburgh Titusville honored this year’s class of graduating nurses during the eleventh annual pinning ceremony in the J. Curtis McKinney II Student Union on Friday, April 27, 2018.

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, Lea Sansom 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 Steven Martin for demonstrating caring and compassion, while assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating nursing care.

The Growth in Learning Award was presented to Abigail Popa for demonstrating considerable growth in personal learning behaviors.

In recognition of her exceptional performance in working with classmates, faculty and all members of the health care team, Nicole Coogan was presented with the Organization and Collaboration Award.