Butte College Registered Nurse Graduation/Pinning Ceremony
Butte College graduated its eighth class of Registered Nurses in a traditional “Pinning Ceremony” on Thursday, May 27 at 4 p.m. at the Neighborhood Church in Chico, 2801 Notre Dame Blvd.
During the one hour ceremony the 46 graduates – 39 woman and 7 men – had the opportunity to acknowledge and thank the family and friends who supported them in earning their Associate Degrees in Registered Nursing as well as receive their nursing pins.
“The nursing graduation is very different than other graduations. All of the nurses will be wearing their uniforms and receive a pin that’s school specific. Those pins represent a nurse’s rite of passage,” said Denise Adams, Butte College Director of Health Occupations.
In addition to the pinning, the ceremony also included readings from the Nurse’s Nightingale Pledge and the story of the Nightingale Lamp, both commemorating Florence Nightingale, aka “The Lady with the Lamp,” who is credited with establishing professional nursing in 1860.
“The ceremony really hails back to the history of nursing to honor these graduates who are stepping into this important caring profession,” said Adams.
Of those 46 graduating in this class, approximately 10 have jobs already waiting for them.
“We are all really proud of them. They were a good class and the students are very excited about graduation and looking forward to working in their chosen field,” said Adams.