The May 2019 Nursing Class Pinning Ceremony for Harford Community College’s associate degree nursing graduates was held on May 22 in the Amoss Center. 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, the ceremony is viewed by most of the graduates as the culmination of their education at HCC. After four semesters of clinical nursing courses, they enjoyed celebrating with their classmates, who many have come to think of as extended family.

Congratulatory remarks were offered by HCC Vice President for Student Affairs and Institutional Effectiveness Dr. Jacqueline S. Jackson; Dean of Nursing and Allied Health Professions Laura Cianelli Preston; and Ashley Meisel, Faculty, Nursing and Allied Professions. Wyatt Gentry was the graduating class speaker. Family members and friends of the graduates attended the ceremony. Honored guests in attendance included Dr. Dianna G. Phillips, President of Harford Community College; Board of Trustee members Dr. Judith A. Holloway, Vice Chair Rev. Cordell E. Hunter, Sr., and Christopher Payne; as well as Dr. Tony Wohlers, Dean of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Todd Abramovitz, Dean of Arts and Humanities.

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.  Several students received recognition awards. Alexandra LaComb received the Maryland Nursing Association - District 7 Award, Stephany Davis received the Harford Memorial Hospital Volunteers Auxiliary Award, Shelbi Smith was awarded the Spalding Art of Nursing Award and Cassandra Eiklor was awarded the Science of Nursing Award.

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.