The college’s Division of Nursing and Allied Health will hold its annual Nurses Pinning Ceremony at 6 p.m. Monday, May 14 at Norwalk City Hall for nursing students who have completed their degree program requirements.
The Pinning Ceremony is a tradition in which nursing pins are presented to nursing graduation candidates prior to Commencement. The Pinning Ceremony represents the symbolic welcoming of newly graduated nurses into the nursing profession. The new nurses are congratulated by the college’s nursing faculty, receive a school pin, and participate in a candle lighting ceremony.
The tradition of the nursing pin dates back 1,000 years and began as a Maltese cross, a symbol of Christianity. Over the years, the cross became a coat of arms and eventually morphed into a design that signifies the school from which the nurse has graduated.
The Nursing Class of 2018 will receive their diplomas at Commencement at 4:30 p.m. May 17 in the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport.