Colorado Springs, Colo. – May 2, 2013 – Forty Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) students graduating with an associate’s degree of Applied Science in Nursing will participate in a pinning ceremony on May 10, 2013, 5-6:30 p.m., Coronado High School Theater. The public is invited to attend.
This time-honored tradition signifies a nurse’s initiation into the profession and an acknowledgement of their dedication to patients. Graduates choose an individual who has played a significant role in their life to pin them, making the ceremony personally meaningful, often more so than the graduation ceremony itself.
Historians trace this tradition to the Crusades of the twelfth century. During this time, the Knights of the Order of the Hospital of St. John the Baptist tended to injured and sick Crusaders. When new monks were initiated into the order, they vowed to serve these injured soldiers in a ceremony where each monk was given a Maltese cross.
Florence Nightingale was honored in the 1860s with the Red Cross of St. George for her selfless service to injured men during the Crimean War. In a gesture of sharing the honor, she began presenting a medal of excellence to her hardest working nursing school graduates. By 1916, acknowledging all nursing graduates with a pin became standard practice throughout the U.S.
The PPCC nursing program has full approval from the Colorado State Board of Nursing and is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.
Pikes Peak Community College, in its 45th year of operation, is a two-year college offering associate’s degrees and various certifications in career and technical fields. With four campuses, two military education centers in El Paso county and nearly 200 programs of study, PPCC serves approximately 22,000 students annually.