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COC graduates 58 from nursing program

Posted: June 10, 2014 7:12 p.m.
Updated: June 10, 2014 7:12 p.m.

College of the Canyons graduated 58 nursing students Tuesday in a ceremony that paid tribute to the history of the profession.

Dressed in blue and gold, the Associate Degree in Nursing Class of 2014 graduates received their nursing pins in a traditional ceremony in the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center.

The significance of the pinning ceremony dates back to the 1860s, when Florence Nightingale, also known as the “mother of nursing,” received an honorary pin from the Red Cross and presented her fellow nurses with medals of recognition.

On Tuesday, the graduates were “the flame bearers of Florence Nightingale,” said student speaker Shae Epps. The graduates participated in a candle-lighting ceremony in dedication to the tradition.

Nursing Program Director Diane Morey was also recognized and presented with a retirement proclamation during the ceremony. Retiring as nursing program director since 2010, Morey received a standing ovation from her students and the audience.




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