2013 graduating nursing students honored at pinning ceremony


HUNTINGTON, Ind. — Seventeen Huntington University graduating nursing students were honored in a traditional pinning ceremony today.

The Class of 2013 is the third graduating class from the Department of Nursing.

The history of the pinning ceremony comes from the Crimean War when Florence Nightingale took 38 women to Turkey to nurse sick and wounded British soldiers. As she cared for her patients by the light of a lamp, Florence Nightingale became known as the “lady with the lamp.” As a tribute to Florence’s dedication, the lamp icon became symbolic of nursing. In the traditional ceremony the nursing pin is used to signify this same dedication, the end of formal education and the beginning of practice. It is a way of welcoming graduates into the nursing profession.

At the ceremony, students received the Huntington University Department of Nursing pin with the department’s emblem.

This year, Aaron Lehman was presented with the Senior Leadership Award. The Leadership Award is voted on by the Senior Class.

The ceremony also included a “Passing of the Lamp” presentation from Aaron Lehman to Lindsay Shellabarger.

“The pinning ceremony has a distinctive meaning to graduating nursing students as it signifies the end of an intense and rigorous education leading them to the socialization into their chosen careers,” said Dr. Margaret Winter, director of nursing.

Commencement exercises at Huntington University are scheduled for May 18.

The following students were honored during the ceremony:

Lindsey Belland of Galesburg, Mich.  Lindsey_Belland
Kate Bienz of Fort Wayne, Ind. Kate_Bienz
Kristen Burkholder of Goshen, Ind. Kristen_Burkholder
Anna Carpenter of Grand Rapids, Mich. Anna_Carpenter
Cierra (Wise) Ellis of Alexandria, Ind. Cierra_Ellis
Jordan Fox of Wabash, Ind. Jordan_Fox
Brandi Gower of Huntington, Ind. Brandi_Gower
Tiffani Hammer of Huntington, Ind. Tiffani_Hammer
Sarah Harrison of Bryan, Ohio Sarah_Harrison
Michelle Hawthorne of of Brooklyn, Mich. Michelle_Hawthorne
Gabby Helle of Toledo, Ohio Gabby_Helle
Aaron Lehman of Berne, Ind. Aaron_Lehman
Erin Lessing of Covington, La. Erin_Lessing
Rachel Peery of Goshen, Ind. Rachel_Peery
Aaron Wells of Marion, Ind. Aaron_Wells
Katie (Spencer) Wood of Racine, Wis. Katie_Wood
Erin Yoder of Leo, Ind.  Erin_Yoder

Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest, and Forbes.com has listed the university as one of America’s Best Colleges. Additionally, Princeton Review has named the institution a “Best Midwestern College.” Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The university is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).


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