Pinning Ceremony Tonight


Nursing students at Arkansas Tech will receive their pins this evening during a ceremony in the Doc Bryan Student Services Building Lecture Hall.

The pinning ceremony will begin at 6 p.m., and following the ceremony, a reception honoring the student nurses will take place in Doc Bryan Room 242.

Linda Self, assistant professor of nursing, will be the keynote speaker during tonight’s ceremony.

Several awards will also be announced during the ceremony.  The following will be awarded:

  • Student Nurse Award- selected by the graduating nurses and given to a student that personifies nursing professionalism
  • Outstanding Community Nurse Award- selected by the graduating class and awarded to a nurse who exemplifies the nursing role model
  • Wilkins Academic Excellence Award- given to the student that has maintained the highest grade point average throughout the nursing program

During the ceremony, each student will be presented a nursing pin by friends and family.

The ceremony dates back to the 1860’s at the Nightingale School of Nursing at St. Thomas Hospital in London.  Nightingale extended the honor to outstanding nurses by presenting them with a medal of excellence. The tradition of pinning nurses will continue with this year’s graduating class.

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Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus will also host a pinning ceremony tonight.  Read more about that.