The August 2018 Nursing Class Pinning Ceremony for Harford Community College’s associate degree nursing graduates was held in the Chesapeake Center on August 16, 2018. The event was hosted by the College’s Division of Nursing and Allied Health Professions with Dean Laura Cianelli Preston, faculty and staff. Shared with family and friends who attended, the ceremony is viewed by most of the graduates as the culmination of their education at HCC. They enjoyed celebrating with their classmates, who many have come to think of as extended family.

HCC Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Steven Thomas, Dean of Nursing and Allied Health Professions Laura Cianelli Preston, and Dale Spielman, Faculty, Nursing and Allied Professions offered congratulatory remarks. Class speakers included Elisabeth Toskes, 1st semester; Ronise Smith-Thomas, 2nd semester; Brianna Wall, 3rd semester; and Natalie Neff, graduating class.

In addition to nursing uniforms worn by all graduates, members of the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society and the Alpha Delta Nu Nursing Honor Society wore special cords to designate their membership.

Members of the nursing faculty pinned the HCC nursing pin on each of the graduates and handed each a Florence Nightingale lamp, after which the traditional lighting of the lamps took place. Graduates and all RNs in the audience were asked to recite the International Council of Nurses pledge. The graduates were presented with roses as they exited the stage.

HCC holds pinning ceremonies for associate degree nursing graduates in May, August, and December/January.