Brenau University Sends 65 New Nurses Off Into The World

Shannon Charles, center smiles to her daughter Allie after she was pinned by her daugher, her husband Bradley and son Landon during the Brenau University School of Nursing's pinning ceremony Thurdsay, May 2.

Shannon Charles, center smiles to her daughter Allie after she was pinned by her daugher, her husband Bradley and son Landon during the Brenau University School of Nursing’s pinning ceremony Thurdsay, May 2.

The Brenau University nursing school’s annual pinning ceremony took place in Pearce Auditorium on the Gainesville campus, Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 6 p.m.

The ceremony, an over 50 year old tradition, welcomed 65 new nurses into the fold while over 700 faculty, family and friends looked on from the historic auditorium.

Keeta Wilborn, director of the Brenau University School of Nursing, said the pinning ceremony is more than just recognizing the students at the school.

“It marks the transition for the nurse into professional life and is a way to say goodbye to those of us who are left behind,” Wilborn said.

A nurses pin is a badge of honor that they can proudly wear signifying they are a qualified and trained nurse. Nursing students put in a great deal of work and form strong bonds with one another as they go through their program, which makes the ceremony a significant event in their lives.

With the pinning ceremony, a senior awards presentation that recognizes outstanding students and a heartfelt slideshow of memorable photos from the students time in the nursing school, the program was an emotional time for the students, faculty and their families. 

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