RAMAPO – Recent graduates (Dec.’16) of Rockland Community College’s nursing program proudly participated in the traditional Nurses’ Pinning ceremony, held January 3, 2017.
A jubilant but hushed crowd of families and friends joined RCC faculty and officials as proud nursing graduates carried a candle to take their place on the stage in the Cultural Arts Theater. The pinning ceremony includes the nursing graduates’ solemn recitation of the Nightingale Pledge along with their triumphant and sometimes emotional receipt of the school pin.
Several speakers presented achievement awards at the event and guest speaker alumnus Antenor Ostine ’03, a nurse practitioner at St. Lukes in Cornwall, acknowledged the graduates’ dedication and determination in achieving this goal. Graduate John O’Brien, speaking as the third generation of his family to serve as student speaker at RCC’s Nurses’ Pinning Ceremony, followed a path first set in 1975 by his grandmother Terry, and repeated again by his