The Wallace State-Hanceville nursing department held its summer pinning ceremony on Tuesday, August 7 at the Wallace State Student Center. The program recognized 83 students graduating from the associate degree registered nursing program and one student graduating from the licensed practical nursing program. The ceremony marks the end of a nursing student's academic career and the beginning of career in nursing.
After receiving their pins, the students formed a circle, and instructors lit the oil lamps held by each student to represent the passing of the light of knowledge, while the group recited the Nightingale Pledge. This part of the ceremony commemorates the life's work of the founder of modern nursing Florence Nightingale and lamp she carried during the Crimean War.
Each year WSCC nursing faculty members choose as Nightingale Award winners those students who are class role models for their dedication to learning, compassion with patients, and commitment to nursing. Recipients of the 2007 Nightingale Awards are Donnie Butler Jr. of Lacey's Spring, Topher Kearns of Birmingham, Kathy Tolbert of Vinemont and Michelle Mehl of Somerville.
Several additional presentations were made during the ceremony. The class donated $500 to the nursing department to assist with expenses, $250 to the Good Samaritan Health Clinic and $250 to the Hazel Outlaw Scholarship Fund, which assists nursing students with expenses.