2012 graduating nursing students honored at pinning ceremony


HUNTINGTON, Ind.— Seventeen Huntington University graduating nursing students were honored today in a traditional pinning ceremony.

The Class of 2012 is the second graduating class from the Department of Nursing.

The history of the nursing pinning ceremony stems from the Crimean War when Florence Nightingale took 38 women to Turkey to nurse sick and wounded British soldiers. As she cared for her patients by the light of a lamp, Florence Nightingale became known as the “lady with the lamp.” As a tribute to Florence's dedication, the lamp icon became symbolic of nursing. Today, the nursing pin is used to signify this same dedication: The end of formal education and the beginning of practice, a way of welcoming graduates into the nursing profession.

At the ceremony, students received the Huntington University Department of Nursing pin with the department emblem.

This year, Kortney Burton received the senior leadership award for the Class of 2012. She was nominated by her peers.

“The pinning ceremony has a distinctive meaning to graduating nursing students as it signifies the end of an intense and rigorous education leading them to the socialization into their chosen careers,” said Dr. Margaret Winter, director of nursing.

Commencement exercises at Huntington University are scheduled for May 12.

The following students were honored during the ceremony today:


Elizabeth Aeschliman of Bluffton, Ind.  /uploadedImages/News/News_Release_Images/2011-2012/Nursing_Pinning_Ceremony/Elizabeth_Aeschliman.jpg 
Kortney Burton of Huntington, Ind.  /uploadedImages/News/News_Release_Images/2011-2012/Nursing_Pinning_Ceremony/Kortney_Burton.jpg 
Tracee Bushnell of Lansing, Mich. /uploadedImages/News/News_Release_Images/2011-2012/Nursing_Pinning_Ceremony/Tracee_Bushnell.jpg 
Carly Ellis of Roanoke, Ind. /uploadedImages/News/News_Release_Images/2011-2012/Nursing_Pinning_Ceremony/Carly_Ellis.jpg 
Alisha Fisher of Bourbon, Ind. /uploadedImages/News/News_Release_Images/2011-2012/Nursing_Pinning_Ceremony/Alisha_Fisher.jpg 
Kara Heffelfinger North East, Md. /uploadedImages/News/News_Release_Images/2011-2012/Nursing_Pinning_Ceremony/Kara_Heffelfinger.jpg 
Joni Holsem of Grandville, Mich. /uploadedImages/News/News_Release_Images/2011-2012/Nursing_Pinning_Ceremony/Joni_Holsem.jpg 
Kayley Kreps of Huntington, Ind. /uploadedImages/News/News_Release_Images/2011-2012/Nursing_Pinning_Ceremony/Kayley_Kreps.jpg 
Brita Kuiper of Bellevue, Mich.  /uploadedImages/News/News_Release_Images/2011-2012/Nursing_Pinning_Ceremony/Brita_Kuiper.jpg 
Morgan Lantz of Archbold, Ohio /uploadedImages/News/News_Release_Images/2011-2012/Nursing_Pinning_Ceremony/Morgan_Lantz.jpg 
Alyssa Lehrman of Decatur, Ind. /uploadedImages/News/News_Release_Images/2011-2012/Nursing_Pinning_Ceremony/Alyssa_Lehrman.jpg 
Jessica Muoh of Nigeria /uploadedImages/News/News_Release_Images/2011-2012/Nursing_Pinning_Ceremony/Jessica_Muoh.jpg 
Ashley Murray of Grand Ledge, Mich. /uploadedImages/News/News_Release_Images/2011-2012/Nursing_Pinning_Ceremony/Ashley_Murray.jpg 
Mitsuzi Stone of Jamaica /uploadedImages/News/News_Release_Images/2011-2012/Nursing_Pinning_Ceremony/Mitsuzi_Stone.jpg 
Lauren Sunderman of Huntington, Ind.  /uploadedImages/News/News_Release_Images/2011-2012/Nursing_Pinning_Ceremony/Lauren_Sunderman.jpg 
Jessica Turnow of Findlay, Ohio /uploadedImages/News/News_Release_Images/2011-2012/Nursing_Pinning_Ceremony/Jessica_Turnow.jpg 
Kindra Wright of Syracuse, Ind. /uploadedImages/News/News_Release_Images/2011-2012/Nursing_Pinning_Ceremony/Kindra_Wright.jpg 
Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest, and Forbes.com has listed the university as one of America’s Best Colleges. Additionally, Princeton Review has named the institution to its “Best in the Midwest” list. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The university is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).


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