May 18 2012
Old Westbury, N.Y. (May 18, 2012) ̶ With spirited whoops and cheers, family members and friends celebrated Thursday at the Department of Nursing’s Class of 2012 pinning ceremony, marking the achievements of 20 graduates who will soon take licensing exams on their way to becoming registered nurses.
The students processed down a Riland Auditorium aisle with lit candles symbolic of their profession and associated with the 19th century nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale, who often carried a candle on patient rounds.
“You are joining a proud and influential profession,” Department Chair Susan Neville, Ph.D., R.N., told the group. “Today, nurses deliver 80% of the world’s health care.”
Neville reminded the graduates that they have the power to transform health care on local, national, and global levels. She challenged them to think about ways they could help communities without access to clean air and water.
Four faculty members fastened pins to the lapels of each graduate’s white uniform and received hugs and kisses in return. Graduate Angie Theronier acknowledged that the class “learned things we never thought we were capable of,” while classmate Christian Velez predicted, “We as nurses are destined to do incredible things.”
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