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The Nurses Pinning Ceremony was held on Saturday, May 12, 2012 in Daniels Hall on Becker's Leicester Campus. The event is a traditional ceremony at which current nurses welcome new nurses into the profession.
The ancient tradition of pinning is said to have begun in the time of the Crusades, symbolizing a coat of arms worn by noblemen serving their king. Symbols of wisdom, strength, courage and faith appeared on buttons, badges and shields. It is believed to be this spirit that Florence Nightingale attempted to capture when she chose the Maltese cross as the symbol for the badge worn by graduates of her first nursing school.
May 12, 2012
The Nurses Pinning is a traditional ceremony at which nurses welcome new nurses into the profession. In his words of welcome, Becker College President Robert E. Johnson, Ph.D., lauded the nursing class of 2012 as “part of the best of what Becker has to offer,” and encouraged them to continue to do their best as they go out into the world of work.
In her welcome, Director of Nursing Linda Esper, Ed.D., RN, reminded graduates of the theme of their class, “Nurses advocating, leading, and caring,” and welcomed the new graduates into the nursing profession.
In her keynote address, Enoh Ukpong, Ph.D., RN, professor of nursing, recognized the crossroads at which the new nurses had arrived. Two years of hard work and sacrifice were at an end, she said, and “A new journey is beginning for you; build on what you have already accomplished. Nursing is the golden key to opportunities locally and globally. Be flexible.
“Is it worth it?” Dr. Ukpong asked. “Yes, yes, YES!”
She continued with parting words of advice for the students with whom she had worked so closely:
As an experienced nurse and educator, Dr. Ukpong finished confidently, “You will reap the benefit of this hard work for the rest of your professional and personal life.”