2014 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 2014 is the fourth 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, Lindsay Shellabarger 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 Shellabarger to Brianna Givens.

"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 17.

The following students were honored during the ceremony:

Caitlin Adams of Hughson, Calif.Caitlin_Adams
Rachel Bayon of Indianapolis, Ind.Rachel_Bayon
Paige Bontrager of Shipshewana, Ind.Paige_Bontrager
Karyssa Boyd of Urbana, Ind.Karyssa_Boyd
Miranda Boyts of Goshen, Ind.Miranda_Boyts
Brooke Capalbo of Fort Wayne, Ind.Brooke_Capalbo
Adam Guy of Huntington, Ind.Adam_Guy
Sarah Jennings of Albany, Ind.Sarah_Jennings
Essie Kaufman of Grabill, Ind.Esther_Kaufman
Abbey Keister of Avilla, Ind.Abbey_Keister
Caleb Little of Galesburg, Mich.Caleb_Little
Kaitlyn Maggart of Huntington, Ind.Kaitlyn_Maggart
Megan Meier of Mishawaka, Ind.Megan_Meier
Kona Musa of Silver Spring, Md.Kona_Musa
Lindsay Shellabarger of Rockford, OhioLindsay_Shellabarger
Kelly Stace of Fort Wayne, Ind.Kelly_Stace
Kaleigh Woodcox of Bremen, IndKaleigh_Woodcox