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The NCC Division of Nursing and Allied Health held a Pinning Ceremony on Dec. 20 for nursing students who have completed their degree program requirements.
The Pinning Ceremony is a tradition in which nursing pins are presented to nursing graduation candidates prior to their graduation from NCC.
The pinning ceremony represents the symbolic welcoming of newly graduated nurses into the nursing profession. The new nurses are congratulated by the college’s nursing faculty, receive a school pin, and participate in a candle lighting ceremony.
The tradition of the nursing pin dates back 1,000 years ago and began as a Maltese cross, a symbol of Christianity. Over the years, the cross became a coat of arms and eventually morphed into a design that signifies the school from which the nurse has graduated.
The following nursing students received pins: