nurse pinning

Nursing Class of 2014

MWCC’s Associate Degree Nursing Class of 2014.

The academic achievements of MWCC’s 41st associate degree nursing graduating class were celebrated during a traditional pinning ceremony held May 22 in the Fitness and Wellness Center.

The graduating class was comprised of students enrolled in the day and evening programs and included LPN’s who returned to continue their education through the college’s new Bridge to Nursing program.

MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino congratulated the students on their success completing one of the college’s most rigorous academic programs. He noted that the care and compassion of nurses bring tremendous comfort to patients who are often at their lowest moment and in pain. “You truly can make a difference in their healing and their lives.”

Eileen Costello, dean of the School of Health Sciences and Community Service Programs, also welcomed the graduates and their families. Cindy Andrews, Director of Nursing and Assistant Vice President of Seven Hills Pediatric Center, delivered the keynote address. As part of their clinical experience, the students receive training at Seven Hills, and many are hired by the long-term care center for children with severe disabilities. Three employees of the center were among the graduates.

“Mount Wachusett nurses have just been a godsend to us,” she said. “They are so well trained.” Andrews encouraged the graduates to continue on with their education and always advocate for their patients. “They’re relying on you to be their voice.”

Dressed in traditional nurse uniforms, the students were welcomed into the profession by having the program’s nursing pin fastened to their lapels by a family member, friend, or an alumnus of the program, or a faculty member, to the cheers of family and friends. The pin symbolizes where the nurses completed their studies to become an RN and distinguishes them from other health care professionals. The eight-star MWCC pin is imprinted with the words “Service to Humanity and the World.”

As part of the ceremony, the students also took a nursing pledge that dates back to Florence Nightingale, who distinguished herself during the Crimean War by coming to the aid of sick and woundedsoldiers.

MWCC’s 41st Annual Nurse Pinning Ceremony will take place Thursday, May 22 at 5 p.m. in the Fitness & Wellness Center. Students will be welcomed into the profession by having the program’s nursing pin fastened to their lapels by a fellow nurse, a family member, a friend, an alumnus of the program, or a faculty member.

Jacqueline Leblanc and Graduate Antonio Campagna

It was a vision in white as dozens of excited graduates were welcomed into the nursing profession during Mount Wachusett Community College’s 40th annual pinning ceremony, held in the college’s Fitness & Wellness Center on May 17.

The 124 graduates who made up the Nursing Class of 2013 include students enrolled in the day and evening associate degree programs, as well as licensed practical nurses who returned to MWCC in the bridge program to further their education to obtain licensure as registered nurses.

In addition to completing a rigorous academic program, many students in the class managed homes and families, worked full-time or part-time jobs, participated in meaningful service learning projects and performed a variety of community service activities.

President Daniel M. Asquino and Eileen Costello, dean of the School of Health Sciences and Community Service Programs, delivered welcoming remarks to the graduates and to the hundreds of family members and friends who came to celebrate with their graduates. Graduates Antonio Campagna and Jessica Parsons sang the National Anthem at the ceremony and received a standing ovation from the audience.

“This is a significant milestone,” President Asquino told the graduates, and encouraged them to “rejoice” in their achievement and remain committed to continuing their professional development in the years ahead.

MWCC Nursing Professor Jean Silberzweig delivered the keynote address, noting that a Gallop poll ranked nurses first for honesty and ethics among a number of professions.

“People trust nurses. We are perfect strangers to our patients. We are allowed to share in their most difficult or maybe the happiest time in their lives. They depend on us to know and do what is right.”

Guest Speaker Jean Silberzweig

Some of the graduates opted to wear the original customized MWCC nurse uniforms while others wore the traditional nurse scrubs, the students were welcomed into the profession by having the program’s nursing pin fastened to their lapels by a family member, friend, or an alumnus of the program, or a faculty member, to the cheers of family and friends. The pin symbolizes where the nurses completed their studies to become an RN and distinguishes them from other health care professionals. The eight-star MWCC pin is imprinted with the words “Service to Humanity and the World.”

As a finale to the ceremony, the students recited the nurses’ pledge, which that dates back to Florence Nightingale.

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