Central Georgia Technical College's practical nursing program held its winter quarter traditional pinning ceremony on March 19 at the Macon Campus. The ceremony marked the program completion of 16 students.
The candlelight ceremony began with Jamie Armstrong welcoming the audience. Speakers included nursing instructor, Laura Jane Kuncaitis, and student Shanita Graham.
The school pin is unique for CGTC and is worn as part of the student's nursing uniform. Each student was pinned by a member of their family, followed by the traditional lighting of the Nightingale Lamps. Each student held a lamp with a candle, which was lit as a tribute to Florence Nightingale's dedication and caring for British soldiers during the Crimean War of the mid-1850's. Today, the lamp continues to be a symbol of the nurse's caring and devotion to the sick and injured worldwide.
The class, led by Diana Holliman, recited the Nightingale Pledge.
Those receiving pins at the ceremony were: Jamie Armstrong, Liza Beach, Carey Cheek, Michael Coleman, D’Amica Coran, Tracy Forde, Shanita Graham, Diana Holliman, Katrina Howard, Neshunta Johnson, Leah Jones, Victoria Nunnally, John Tibbetts, Kelly Walker, Joynell Waller, and Clayton Yarbrough.
Students in CGTC's Practical Nursing Program participating in the Winter Quarter Candelight Pinning Ceremony on March 19.