In April, FCC Kendall Campus celebrated the achievements of its second graduating nursing class with a pinning ceremony. After juggling classes, clinical rotations, jobs, and for some a family, the nursing pinning ceremony recognizes the sacrifices FCC students made in order to complete their nursing degree. Many of our graduates are the first in their family to graduate from college, some come from other countries, some are single parents and some are embarking on a second or even third career. Debra Mosley, Nursing Director for Florida Career College Kendall Campus said, “The pinning ceremony is an important tradition that celebrates success and signifies for the student the formal passage into the path of professional nursing.”
Welcome the graduating Nursing class of 2014 along with faculty members from the nursing program
The traditional pinning ceremony has a rich and meaningful history dating back to the 1860’s at the Nightingale School of Nursing in London and has historically marked the “rite of passage” of student nurses into the profession of nursing.
The recent nursing graduates light the candle to honor Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, and pledge to bear her ideals as they move forward in their careers by reciting her pledge. “After the lighting of the candle, the graduates should feel a real sense of pride for working tirelessly to achieve their nursing degree,” said Debra Mosley.
From Back Left to Right: Leicy Emerson, Nursing Graduate, Katiuska Cabrera, Nursing Graduate, Iris Badilla, Nursing Graduate, Keisha Andre, Nursing Graduate, Denise Alper, Nursing Graduate, From Front Left to Right: Noelia Velez, Nursing Graduate, Kristen Pearcy Nursing Graduate, Lavonia Grant, Nursing Graduate, Ketrick Sage, Nursing Graduate,
Several students were presented with awards for Academic Excellence, Leadership, Community Service and the Florence Nightingale for excellent clinical skills.
From Left to Right: Leicy Emerson received the award for Academic Excellence. Noelia Velez received the award for Community Service and Lavonia Grant received the award for Leadership and the Florence Nightingale for exemplifying the qualities of a nurse set forth by Florence Nightingale herself.
The nursing faculty at Florida Career College is proud to pass the Florence Nightingale flame to this next generation of nurses.