News Release

Published on Friday, July 29, 2005

Western Wisconsin Technical College will honor 16 graduates from the Viroqua Campus Practical Nursing (PN) program during a traditional Pinning Ceremony on Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 7:00 p.m. in the campus’s Community Room. The program was first offered at the Viroqua Campus last fall, and these are the first graduates.

The Pinning Ceremony is a time-honored tradition in the field of nursing, dating back to the days of Florence Nightingale. It is symbolic of a student nurse’s transition into the profession. During the ceremony, students are recognized for their accomplishments and receive the nursing pin. Each school of nursing has a distinctive pin that nurses have traditionally worn to identify the school from which they graduated. Typically, the student is pinned by a family member or a nurse who has served as a mentor or role model during their education.

Speakers for the evening include Pete Eide, administrator of Marinuka Manor, and Sue Sullivan, RN, manager of nursing services at Vernon Memorial Hospital.

The PN program at WWTC prepares students to work as a member of a nursing team to observe, document and report, implement nursing measures and medical regimens, and assist in planning and evaluating nursing care. The program site in Viroqua is partially underwritten by Workforce Connections, an organization that connects people, training, and jobs in Western Wisconsin.

To learn more about this event or about additional WWTC programs and services, please call 608.637.2612 or visit the WWTC Web site at