The May 2018 Nursing Class Pinning Ceremony for Harford Community College’s associate degree nursing graduates was held in the Amoss Center on May 22. The event was hosted by the College’s Division of Nursing and Allied Health Professions with Dean Laura Cianelli Preston, faculty, and staff. Shared with family and friends, the ceremony is viewed by most of the graduates as the culmination of their education at HCC. They enjoyed celebrating with their classmates, who many have come to think of as extended family.

Congratulatory remarks were offered by HCC Vice President for Student Affairs and Institutional Effectiveness Dr. Jacqueline Jackson and Dean of Nursing and Allied Health Professions Laura Cianelli Preston. Class speakers included Elise Thompson, 1st semester; Christopher Marchsteiner, 3rd semester; and Donnie Beech, Graduating Class. Hundreds of family members and friends of the graduates attended the event.

In addition to nursing uniforms worn by all graduates, members of the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society and the Alpha Delta Nu Nursing Honor Society wore special cords to designate their membership. Five of the graduates received special awards: the Maryland Nursing Association - District 7 award went to Amanda Mullins, the University of Maryland Harford Memorial Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary award went to Katelyn Dietz, and Spalding Art and Science Award went to Tyler McDougall for the Art of Nursing and Tina Hampton and Bridgette Lopez for the Science of Nursing.

Members of the nursing faculty pinned the HCC nursing pin on each of the graduates and handed each a Florence Nightingale lamp, after which the traditional lighting of the lamps took place. Graduates and all RNs in the audience were asked to recite the International Council of Nurses pledge. The graduates were presented with roses as they exited the stage.

HCC holds pinning ceremonies for associate degree nursing graduates in May, August, and December/January.

HCC's 2018 Nursing Graduates

Photo credit: Robin Sommers, Images of Sommer ©2018