On Monday, December 14, Baton Rouge Community College hosted a drive-thru pinning ceremony for fall graduates of its nursing program at its Frazier Campus, 555 Julia St., Baton Rouge, LA.
Pinning ceremonies are a symbolic event for nursing graduates and welcome them into their new profession. Students normally participate in a traditional pinning ceremony, which sees graduates of the nursing program on stage receiving their pins with family and friends in attendance, along with members of the college community.
In order to uphold COVID-19 safety guidelines and restrictions and to still celebrate the graduates, the college opted to have a drive-thru ceremony, where each participating graduate received their pin, and took a picture with Michelle Dennis, Ph.D., Dean of the Nursing and Allied and Health Division. Nursing faculty and staff were also on hand to applaud and cheer on the students.
“Although we could not have a traditional ceremony, we are proud that we were able to celebrate with our students today and present them with their nursing pins,” said Dennis. “They have persevered and the entire Nursing and Allied Health Division is excited to welcome them into the profession of nursing.”
Many of the students having already accepted employment offers from local healthcare providers in the area to join their staff following graduation.