Bay State College Inaugural Nursing Class to be Celebrated at Pinning Ceremony
BOSTON, May 7, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The thirty men and women of the inaugural class of the Bay State College nursing program are about to make history. Bay State College will hold its first ever Pinning Ceremony of the College's new nursing program on May 9 at Mount Auburn Hospital. The special ceremony precedes the college's Commencement the next day, when the students will be awarded their associate degrees in nursing.
The "Pinning Ceremony" is a time-honored tradition at all institutions of higher education that offer degrees in nursing. The ceremony is symbolic of the transition from a student to a nursing professional. After being "pinned," each student recites Florence Nightingale's pledge.
"We are so proud of this first class of graduates," said Kathleen Tracy, Dean of the Bay State College Nursing Program. "They have exceeded our expectations and have grown with us, making the program what it is today. These students will go on to do great things for the nursing profession."
At Bay State College, students receive hands-on instruction in a simulated hospital environment. They study the principles and practices of nursing and also have the opportunity to practice their skills in a clinical skills lab.
"The associate's degree in nursing has become one of the most competitive degrees on campus," said Chip Bergstrom, Vice President of Enrollment and Marketing. "This year we have seen a significant increase in applications. In addition to having quality faculty, the program's success is due in large part to this inaugural class that will graduate 94% of its students who started in September of 2010."
About Bay State College
Bay State College is a private college whose mission is to provide students with a quality education that prepares them for professional careers and increasing levels of higher education. Bay State College accomplishes this mission by providing a learning environment where teaching excellence and student services are blended to support the uniqueness of individual students, preparing them to achieve their full potential as ethically and socially aware citizens. For the third consecutive year, Bay State College has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.
Media Contact: Chip Bergstrom Bay State College, 617-217-9070, email@example.com
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