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Nursing students celebrate graduation at pinning ceremony

May 18, 2010 12:00AM

More than 100 future nurses were recognized on Saturday, May 15, at Pittsburg State University's 37th Nursing Pinning Ceremony.

A tradition since the Department of Nursing graduated its first class in 1973, the ceremony is a special time for these nursing graduates to be individually honored for their work in the program and their futures in healthcare. The ceremony begins at 2 p.m. on May 15 at Pittsburg's Memorial Auditorium. Roughly 600 friends and family members are expected to be on hand to watch a total of 105 nurses be pinned. The students will have officially graduated from PSU at a commencement ceremony for the College of Arts and Sciences that morning.

"It's a long tradition that represents the completion of their formal nursing education and their continued future learning," said Dr. Mary Carol Pomatto, chairwoman of the Department of Nursing. "It's a very meaningful, special event."

Pitt State alumnae Kelli Bigando, the director of patient care services for St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin, will be the keynote speaker at the ceremony. Graduates will then be brought to the stage to be pinned by a person of their choice. The pins were designed by George Brooker, a former faculty member in the College of Technology whose wife, Carolyn, taught in the Department of Nursing.

"Each year's ceremony has a different feel to it, from the lighthearted to the serene," Pomatto said. "It's a time to recognize what these students have achieved."

The ceremony is open to the public. For more information, contact Nursing at 620-235-4431.

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