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62 COC nursing students are 'pinned'

Posted: May 30, 2012 12:45 p.m.
Updated: May 30, 2012 12:45 p.m.

College of the Canyons' 62 nursing students took part in a pinning ceremony Wednesday to mark the end of their training to become nurses. The ceremony, which is an annual tradition, took part at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center in Valencia.

Pinning acts as a symbolic welcoming for all those entering the nursing profession.

As part of the ceremony, COC nursing department faculty members presented each graduate with a nursing pin before the group collectively recited the Nightingale Pledge traditionally taken by new nurses.

"This event represents the culmination of a nursing student's hard work and dedication, as well as the beginning of a new career in this caring profession," said Diane Morey, director of the COC nursing program.

"We are proud to have the opportunity to honor our graduating RNs in the presence of their family, friends and peers."

Each year a minimum of 100 new students are admitted to the COC nursing program. Currently there are 257 nursing students enrolled at College of the Canyons, with an additional 28 students expected to enter the program this fall.




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