MOSES LAKE —The Big Bend Community College nursing program bid their 16 graduating students farewell during a special pinning ceremony inside Wallenstien Theater Saturday.
Graduates were surrounded by family and friends as they received their nursing pins and recited the official Nurse’s Pledge – both a symbolic welcoming into the nursing profession.
Big Bend president Terry Leas congratulated the group for making it to graduation day.
“We are very proud of you for making this journey successfully,” he said during the ceremony. “This is one of the most selective and challenging programs we offer at Big Bend Community College.”
Big Bend Director of Health Education Programs Katherine Christian said this year’s pinning ceremony was bittersweet for nursing faculty.
“While we have invested ourselves in preparing you for the nursing profession, you have also been sharing with us your lives, your hearts, your joys and struggles, your insights and your challenges, and each of you will leave behind with us a little bit of yourselves,” she said.
Nursing student Amanda Langendorff addressed her fellow graduates during the ceremony. The group also heard from guest speaker and former BBCC instructor Sherry Donovan.
Graduates will be taking their NCLEX (National Council Licensing Examination) in the next several weeks.
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