West Hills College Lemoore Nursing Program Pinning Ceremony Set for May 22

West Hills College Lemoore will hold a pinning ceremony on May 22 for the associate degree in nursing program.

The ceremony will start at 6:30 p.m. in the Golden Eagle Arena, with a total of 23 students participating.

“The nursing pinning ceremony is a rite of passage for nursing graduates through the ages, and we as a program have the privilege of educating students in two years to be our colleagues,” said Kathryn DeFede, RN MSN, and Director of Health Careers and Nursing at West Hills College Lemoore. “We are honored to have this opportunity to create our profession. The pinning ceremony solidifies that transition from education to practice.”

The nursing pinning ceremony is a special ceremony held for each year’s graduating class of nurses, separate from the general WHCL graduation. This ceremony honors the new nurses and their journeys and welcomes them into the nursing professions.

Cynthia Dolata, WHCL Assistant Director of Nursing, will serve as faculty speaker. Pete Howell will serve as the student speaker. DeFede will present student awards.

Nursing instructor Hilliary Sulcer will conduct the pinning and read thank you notes from students to their family and friends as the students are pinned.

Nursing instructor Geri Mahaffey will oversee the lighting of the lamp and recitation of the Nightingale pledge at the end of the ceremony, a traditional way of welcoming nurses into the profession.

For more information, contact the Health Careers Office at (559) 925-3490.