Families and friends beamed with pride as they participated in the nurse pinning ceremony Thursday, May 12 in Kentucky State University’s Bradford Hall. The School of Nursing’s pinning ceremony marked the official entry into the nursing profession for 10 bachelor’s degree candidates and 36 associate’s degree students. More than 300 guests attended the ceremony.

The time-honored pinning ceremony is sentimental because students are joined on stage by a loved one to receive their special badge. Associate degree students carried candles in honor of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing who is nicknamed “the lady with the lamp.”  Students vowed to carry her principles as they move forward in their careers by reciting the Nightingale Pledge.


The School of Nursing’s bachelor’s degree candidates.

Remarks were given by President Raymond M. Burse, evening class president Josie Lamb, day program president Jennifer Purvis and Dr. Dean Scott Treadway, the School of Nursing Interim Chair.

Graduating senior Monique Martell sang, “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength” by Whitney Houston.

The School of Nursing also presented the following scholarships and awards:

Patricia Bryant Scholarship: Lakan Reed

Mary E. Hill Scholarship: Brad Adams

Barbara Stivers Awards: Glenn Means and Lakan Reed

Patsy O. Turner Awards: Josephine Lamb and Nathan Brown

Veneda S. Martin Award: Kathleen Addams and Janneke Gielstra

Juanita W. Fleming Award: Lisa Scott

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About KSU School of Nursing

The Kentucky State University School of Nursing Associate Degree program and RN-BSN Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and approved by the Kentucky Board of Nursing. The Associate Degree Nursing Program Accreditation has been active since 1973, and the RN-BSN Nursing Program has been in place since the spring 2006.