Graduating nursing students honored at pinning ceremony


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

The Class of 2011 is the first graduating class from the Department of Nursing. This week, the nursing program was awarded full accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

The history of the nursing pinning ceremony stems from the Crimean War when Florence Nightingale took 38 women to Turkey to nurse sick and wounded British soldiers. As many a night 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. Today, the nursing pin is used to signify this same dedication — the end of formal education and the beginning of practice, a way of welcoming graduates into the nursing profession.

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

Courtney Watkins received the senior leadership award for the Class of 2011. She was nominated by her peers.

“These are exciting days in the Department of Nursing at Huntington University. This year marks the first class of graduates from the nursing program and is the accumulation of several years of intense and rigorous education, both in the classroom and in the clinical setting,” said Dr. Margaret Winter, director of nursing. “May the Lord bless each student as they now begin a practice of service and compassion.”

Commencement exercises at Huntington University are scheduled for May 14.

The following students were honored during the ceremony today:


Matt Boyer of Converse, Ind.   /uploadedImages/News/News_Release_Images/2011_Nursing_Pinning_Ceremony/Matthew_Boyer.jpg 
Stephanie Dooley of Zeeland, Mich. /uploadedImages/News/News_Release_Images/2011_Nursing_Pinning_Ceremony/Stephanie_Dooley.jpg 
Megan Durham of New London, Mo. /uploadedImages/News/News_Release_Images/2011_Nursing_Pinning_Ceremony/Megan_Durham.jpg 
Emily Frankle of Huntington, Ind. /uploadedImages/News/News_Release_Images/2011_Nursing_Pinning_Ceremony/Emily_Frankle.jpg 
Rebecca Hull of Oley, Pa. /uploadedImages/News/News_Release_Images/2011_Nursing_Pinning_Ceremony/Rebecca_Hull.jpg 
Jessica Rhode of Urasoe Okinawa, Japan /uploadedImages/News/News_Release_Images/2011_Nursing_Pinning_Ceremony/Jessica_Rhode.jpg 
Mallory Schumm of Spencerville, Ohio /uploadedImages/News/News_Release_Images/2011_Nursing_Pinning_Ceremony/Mallory_Schumm.jpg 
Dustin Shafer of Ashland, Ohio /uploadedImages/News/News_Release_Images/2011_Nursing_Pinning_Ceremony/Dustin_Shafer.jpg 
Lindsey Stavedahl of Rochester, Ind. /uploadedImages/News/News_Release_Images/2011_Nursing_Pinning_Ceremony/Lindsey_Stavedahl.jpg 
Courtney Watkins of South Whitley, Ind. /uploadedImages/News/News_Release_Images/2011_Nursing_Pinning_Ceremony/Courtney_Watkins.jpg 
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 has listed the university as one of America’s Best Colleges. Additionally, Princeton Review has named the institution to its “Best in the Midwest” list. 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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