In the Fall of 2014, Belhaven University opened its doors to the first class of the newly formed School of Nursing. This month, the inaugural class received their diplomas and became the first graduates of the School of Nursing.
One of the traditions of nursing students is the pinning ceremony. Held the day before traditional commencement, the 13 graduates were honored in front of their friends, families and faculty members.
Consistent with tradition, the pin was designed collaboratively by the graduating seniors. The pin featured the lamp of knowledge as well as the university’s motto “To serve, not to be served.” Each graduate selected a significant person in their life to present their pin to them.
Additionally, individuals were honored with several awards for their work in the program. The Nightingale Award, named for the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale, was given to Kathryn Perkins. The Spirit of Nursing award, given to a student who displays perseverance, compassion and a dedication to the nursing profession was awarded to Jason Copeland. The Outstanding Senior Nursing Student was presented to Kaley Wilcox. Chelsea Brunson was awarded the Nursing Clinical Excellence Award.
“We are very proud of the Nursing Class of 2016,” said Dr. Barbara Johnson, Dean of the School of Nursing. “We pray God’s blessings on them as they prepare for their nursing licensure exams and then embark on their chosen career paths.”