In a prestigious long-standing tradition, University of Phoenix honored its nursing school graduates with a pinning ceremony last week.
The event, which included the bestowing of a pin bearing the seal or insignia of the nurse's alma mater, is a long-held graduation tradition in the nursing community and signifies that a student is ready to enter the nursing profession, according to a press release.
The graduates are now eligible to take their licensing exam to become registered nurses.
"The students we pin have demonstrated tremendous dedication to successfully complete the long hours of studying, extensive clinicals and (a) difficult nursing board exam, while pursuing full-time careers as LVNs," University of Phoenix College of Nursing Dean Pamela Fuller said in a written statement.
"We are proud of their accomplishments and excited to see these graduates grow in our community's professional nursing practice."
There were 23 new local graduate nurses recognized at the ceremony held May 26 at Wine and Roses.
They include Patricia Clark, Kia Lee, Mendy Solano, Rita Walker, Iraida Rivera, Marie Johnson, Deborah Larson, Hilary Miller, Stefanie Turner, Michelle Mendoza, Julia Wall, Iqbinder Randhawa, Richel Ladrido-Glodowski, Jamila Robinson, Stephanie Vennema, Keshia Griffin, Mark Chaffee, Rhodora Pineda, Kandice Winter, Trever Collins, Nicholle Ervin, Lisa Kaminski and Francis Okodogbe.
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