Sunday, December 22, 2013

Edison Nursing Students Honored with Pinning Ceremony

Assistant Nursing Professor, Jill Bobb, left, pins and presents student Alicia Goston with a candle at Edison nursing pinning ceremony as Associate Professor of Nursing, Susie Wise reads Goston’s letter.
Edison Community College honored its most recent nursing graduates on Thursday, December 13, with a pinning ceremony held before a gymnasium filled with family and friends at the Piqua Campus.

The pinning ceremony is a time-honored tradition in which the graduate nurse is presented to family and friends as a professional who is about to practice nursing and the graduate is usually pinned by the faculty members who have worked with the students throughout their course of study. Each school has a unique pin, which serves as a symbol of the successful completion of a rigorous curriculum, which prepares its graduates to administer to the sick and injured and promote health through the practice of nursing.

Edison President, Dr. Cris Valdez, gave an opening speech praising the hard work and determination of the students, while recognizing the sacrifices made by the family members and friends who have supported them while completing their degrees.

“The pinning ceremony is a lovely event that honors our graduates and their transition into professional nursing practice, said Gwen Stevenson,” Dean of Nursing and Health Sciences. “They have worked very hard to achieve this milestone and the ceremony is a wonderful opportunity to recognize their accomplishment, as well as the dedicated work of the nursing faculty and the tremendous support of family members. These graduates will provide excellent care to members of our communities and we give them our heartfelt congratulations as they begin their nursing careers.”

Each of the 29 graduates had the opportunity to submit a word of thanks to those who have made the end of this portion of their education possible, which was read as they received their pin from an Edison nursing faculty member. Many used the opportunity to share individual stories of sacrifice and triumphing over adversity, the bonds that were formed between classmates and the deep appreciation held for the Edison nursing faculty.

Graduates of the program will move on to the next phase of their career, which involves taking the registered nurse licensing exam and seeking employment.

Edison Community College’s nursing program has maintained full accreditation and approval over its thirty-three year history. In 2013, Edison’s Associate of Nursing Degree program was granted a full five-year approval by the Ohio Board of Nursing. In 2011, the program earned an eight-year accreditation from the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, the highest level a program can receive.

Applications for Edison’s Registered Nursing program are currently being accepted for fall 2014 semester. For further information about the program, visit

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