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Pinning Ceremonies Celebrate Achievements, Create Memories

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Commencement is a special time when students reach the goal of graduating with a college degree and make plans for the next step in their journey. In certain health care academic programs, receiving your pin also marks an important milestone toward realizing your dreams.

The University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College recently held two new pinning ceremonies, while also conducting a third that carried on a time-honored tradition.

The ceremonies were held for new graduates in the nursing, medical assisting and veterinary technology departments at UC Blue Ash. This was a first for veterinary technology and medical assisting. Nursing has been ‘pinning’ new grads for the past several years, continuing a tradition in the profession that dates back to the 1860’s when Florence Nightingale was awarded the Red Cross of St. George for her tireless work during the Crimean War.

26 new grads received their official pin at the Vet Tech Pinning Ceremony

26 new grads received their official pin at the Vet Tech Pinning Ceremony

More than 60 students graduated this spring from the Nursing Department at UC Blue Ash and 54 of them participated in the Pinning Ceremony on April 23, with over 300 of their family and friends in attendance.

“The pinning ceremony always features so many personal stories of perseverance and dedication,” says Carla Henderson, the nursing department chair. “So many of our students tell me it is the highlight of our program; it’s a huge joy for them to share this moment with their family and friends.”

Students in the Vet Tech program initiated the idea for creating their own pinning ceremony and faculty accommodated the request. Nearly 200 attended the event on April 30 as 26 new grads received their official pin. There are plans to do it again next year. “I suspect this will become an annual event since we received such positive feedback from all of our students and their families. It was a lot of fun,” says Jennifer Wells, chair of veterinary technology.

The first pinning ceremony for Medical Assisting was held April 12

The first pinning ceremony for Medical Assisting was held April 12

The medical assisting program at UC Blue Ash also held its first pinning ceremony on April 12, when 11 new graduates were recognized for earning their associate degree and taking the next step toward their career. It was followed by a reception with approximately 80 people in attendance.

“As each of them received their pin, I read a short paragraph they had written about their experience in the program,” says Judy Kronenberger, program director for medical assisting. “It was a very special event for our students.”

 

About UC Blue Ash College

UC Blue Ash College is a regional college within the University of Cincinnati. It offers one of the best values in higher education with access to a nationally recognized UC education in nearly 50 degrees and certificates, as well as tuition that is about half of most colleges and universities. The college is located on a scenic 135-acre wooded campus in the heart of Blue Ash, Ohio.

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