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Pinning Ceremonies Provide Memories for Life

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Pinning ceremonies are part of a tradition that is unique to health care programs.

Radiologic Technology Pinning Ceremony, UC Blue Ash College 2018

Radiologic Technology Pinning Ceremony, UC Blue Ash College 2018

When a student has completed the rigorous, intense and often stressful journey toward graduating, many health care programs mark the occasion with a ceremony where the new grad receives their pin before entering the profession. It represents their transition from student to full-fledged nurse, radiologic technologist, veterinary technician, or medical assistant.

At the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College, four different academic programs held their ceremonies over the past few weeks on campus. Family and friends of the students who were being honored were there to do the ‘pinning’ or just to cheer them on. These events are often emotional and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Nursing Pinning Ceremony, UC Blue Ash 2018

Nursing Pinning Ceremony, UC Blue Ash 2018

Angela Lawrence graduated this spring from the nursing program at UC Blue Ash and will always cherish getting ‘pinned’ by her mom, Nancy Lawrence, who has been a nurse for 39 years. “I always wanted to be a nurse when I was growing up, because of my mom,” says Angela. “Seeing her make a difference in people’s lives really inspired me to want to do the same. It meant so much to me that she was a part of my pinning ceremony.”

A total of 46 nursing students participated in this year’s ceremony, which was attended by more than 300 guests.

The veterinary technology program at UC Blue Ash saw 35 students graduate from the program and participate in this year’s pinning ceremony. “It was wonderful. We had last seen all the students together during exam week, when stress was the major emotion,” says Stacey Benton, assistant professor of veterinary technology. “At the pinning ceremony, they were full of smiles and pride in their tremendous achievements. It was really nice.”

The medical assisting program celebrated its new graduates with a ceremony where students presented a slideshow about their experience in the program. Radiologic technology held its first pinning ceremony last year. This year’s event included special recognition for the top students in the program and all of the students wrote a personal thank you note to family members expressing their gratitude for the support they provided during the program.

Photos from all of the pinning ceremonies at UC Blue Ash can be found on the college’s Facebook page.

Veterinary Technology Pinning Ceremony, UC Blue Ash 2018

Veterinary Technology Pinning Ceremony, UC Blue Ash 2018

Veterinary Technology Pinning Ceremony, UC Blue Ash 2018

Medical Assisting Pinning Ceremony, UC Blue Ash 2018

Medical Assisting Pinning Ceremony, UC Blue Ash 2018

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