Pellissippi State stages pinning ceremony for graduating Nursing students

Lo! in that house of misery
A lady with a lamp I see
Pass through the glimmering gloom,
And flit from room to room.

—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
from the poem “Santa Filomena”

Pellissippi State Community College recognizes the hard work and dedication of its 2014 class of Nursing students during a pinning ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday, May 9. The ceremony is at the Clayton Center for the Arts in Maryville.

“The Nursing degree,” said Beverly Rogers, the program’s interim dean, “requires long hours of studying, homework and heart-wrenching clinical experiences, culminating with a three-hour licensure exam.”

Pellissippi State graduates earn the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree. Before they can practice as registered nurses, they also must pass the NCLEX-RN licensing exam.

“The pinning ceremony, which dates back more than 1,000 years, is an honored graduation tradition that signifies that the pin recipient has completed his or her nursing education and is now prepared to provide nursing care to individuals, families, and communities,” said Rogers.

At the ceremony, each graduate is pinned with a Pellissippi State Nursing program pin recognizing the student’s achievement. The evening also includes a traditional candle lighting. The candle-burning lamp is a symbol of one of the world’s best-known nurses, Florence Nightingale. The 19th-century caregiver earned the nickname “Lady With the Lamp” for her custom of making rounds in the wee hours.

“The lamp will always shine brightly as a symbol of the care and devotion the nurse administers to the sick and injured,” said Rogers. “As the flame is passed from Nightingale to each nurse, the new nurse recites the nurse’s pledge.”

The ceremony will include remarks by L. Anthony Wise Jr., Pellissippi State’s president; Ted Lewis, vice president of Academic Affairs; and featured speaker Darneta Brown, an associate professor in the Nursing program.

The pinning ceremony takes place in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre. The center is located at 502 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy.

For more information about Pellissippi State and its programs, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.