Family and friends gathered on Friday, May 24 to celebrate the achievements of Mount Wachusett Community College’s associate degree nursing class during a traditional pinning ceremony.
The 46th graduating class was made up of 116 students enrolled in the day and evening programs and included LPNs who returned to continue their education through the college’s Bridge to Nursing program.
These students have supported each other during their time in the nursing program that has a rigorous curriculum, said MWCC President James Vander Hooven as he welcomed the crowd to the nurses pinning ceremony. With the support of each other and all the loved ones in the audience, they have reached this point and will soon be working in the field, helping others.
“Congratulations on your efforts. You have made it and you have persevered. I congratulate you on those efforts,” said MWCC President James Vander Hooven as he welcomed the crowd to the nurses pinning ceremony. “Go forth and save lives!”
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. The pin marks where the nurses completed their studies 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 wounded soldiers.
The MWCC Nursing Class of 2019 is:
Karyn Van Guilder
Kim Self Wright