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Western Hosts Pinning Ceremony for Nursing Graduates

Nurse Pinning Ceremony

LA CROSSE, Wis., Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016 – Western Technical College honored six graduates from the Practical Nursing program and 36 graduates from the Nursing-Associate Degree program during a traditional Pinning Ceremony.

A nursing pinning ceremony is held to honor and celebrate nursing students and their journey to becoming a nurse. The ceremony represents a symbolic welcoming of newly graduated nurses into their profession.

“The pinning ceremony is a special occasion and is quite bittersweet,” said Charlene Hopkins, Nursing instructor at Western. “For the students it is a rite of passage to symbolize their achievements and declare their readiness and passage into the professional world to care for humanity. It is rewarding to see them graduate, but it is difficult to say goodbye after getting to know them.”

Also during the ceremony, Nursing student Megan Budde was presented with the Future Nursing Leader award from the Wisconsin Nursing Association (WNA). The award recognizes outstanding students who embody the ethics and values of nursing and exemplary leadership qualities. This is the first time the Nursing faculty at Western has nominated a student to receive the award. Budde was chosen as one of just five recipients in the state. Cathy Berry, from the WNA Board of Directors, attended the ceremony to present the award.