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Pinning Ceremonies at UC Blue Ash Include a Special Surprise


Pinning ceremonies are a time-honored tradition for many of the health care students at the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College. The events always provide special moments and memories, but the Nurse Pinning Ceremony this year also included a very nice surprise.

Tara West was looking forward to the Nurse Pinning Ceremony as she also prepared for Commencement and officially earning her degree. Being surprised by her longtime boyfriend, Jordan Boudrant, who was on leave from the U.S. Army, made the event even more memorable.

Boudrant was among the 400-plus guests who attended the ceremony on April 22, but Tara didn’t realize he was going to be there until just before the event. He had been serving in Afghanistan before recently being injured and transported to Ft. Hood in Texas for rehabilitation. Boudrant said he didn’t make a dramatic entrance on stage since he wanted the focus to be on his girlfriend, but he met with her after the ceremony.

Tara West gives Jordan Boudrant a kiss after he surprised her by taking military leave to attend the UC Blue Ash Nurse Pinning Ceremony.

Tara West gives Jordan Boudrant a kiss after he surprised her by taking military leave to attend the UC Blue Ash Nurse Pinning Ceremony.

“It took a lot for him to get here and it really makes me feel special that he came,” said West, who was still emotional about the surprise. “Even though he’s been thousands of miles away, he has still supported me and helped me get through school and reach this point.” She adds that they would talk regularly by phone, but it was harder to do when he was stationed in Afghanistan. The couple met while they were students at South Dearborn High School in Aurora, Indiana.

The medical assisting, radiologic technology, and veterinary technology programs at UC Blue Ash also hosted pinning ceremonies for their new graduates in April.  The ceremonies differ a little among the programs, but the general concept is that the students reflect on what they’ve learned in the program and then are presented with their pin from a family member, friend or mentor.

For radiologic technology, it was the first time the program held this event. There were 14 students who were presented with their pin in recognition of completing the rigorous program. “All of our students who took part really seemed to enjoy the ceremony; it’s a special way to honor their hard work and accomplishments with their classmates and loved ones,” says Heather Moore, program director.

The veterinary technology program honored 26 students at its pinning ceremony, which drew 265 guests to Muntz Auditorium. The new grads helped raise over $1,000 through bake sales and t-shirt sales that will be donated to Pets in Need, a local income-qualifying organization that offers low-cost care for pets whose owners face financial challenges.

The medical assisting program began conducting a pinning ceremony last year and presented pins to 10 new graduates during this year’s event. All of the students graduating from the program have been offered positions in the high-demand field. They will go to work in a variety of physician offices, including dermatology, cardiology, family practice and pediatrics.

Photo Galleries from the 2017 Events

Check out these photo galleries from the Nursing, Veterinary Technology, Radiologic Technology, and Medical Assisting Pinning Ceremonies.

Nurse Pinning CeremonyNursing Pinning Ceremony 2017
Medical Assisting Pinning CeremonyMedical Assisting Pinning Ceremony 2017
Rad Tech Pinning Ceremony Rad Tech Pinning Ceremony 2017
Vet Tech Pinning CeremonyVet Tech Pinning Ceremony 2017

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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