Cerro Coso holds pinning ceremony

Cerro Coso holds pinning ceremonyRidgecrest Campus cohort (from left) Alexis Boske, Maria Renate Gaivoronski, Jessi House, Kayla Linton, Ma’aka Luma’ava, Mashel Lyon, Mary Katie Maguina, Tammy Sue McKinney, Rondra Dee Morrison, Martha Paz, Jonathan Shaw, Brenda Isabel Solis, and Dulce Trujillo — Courtesy photo

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Cerro Coso Community College honored 13 students in the Vocational Nursing Program with a formal capping and pinning ceremony on Dec. 7.

“The nursing ceremony is a well-known and honored event,” said Matt Wanta, vocational nursing director at CCCC. “Students start planning for this ceremony very early in their three-semester program.

“For a nursing student, being pinned signifies completion. The tight bonds made with peers and faculty members – and the prospect of beginning a professional career in nursing – fuel the ceremony with emotion.”

Formal recognition was given to the graduates, along with their the families and friends, who supported them during their numerous hours of study, reading of their textbooks or working at clinical facilities.

“The path to becoming a nurse is long, steep and sometimes rocky and the ceremony provides validation that the difficult and adventuresome college experiences have been achieved,” said a spokesperson. “The pinning and capping is a beautiful tradition that welcomes graduates into the world of professional nursing.”

Story First Published: 2018-12-21