Bob Jones University will host the 40th annual Nurses Pinning Ceremony Thursday, May 6, for the 2021 graduates of BJU’s nursing program. The ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. in Rodeheaver Auditorium on the BJU campus.
During the ceremony, 27 nursing students will be presented with individual pins featuring a cross, representing the Christian emphasis of the BJU nursing program. The students will carry lamps, modeled after the Florence Nightingale lamp, which they will light during the ceremony while reciting the nurse’s pledge.
BJU President Steve Pettit will speak to the graduates and Dr. Gary Weier, BJU provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, will give the welcome and benediction. Jubilee Johnston, BJU Nursing Association president, will give the dedication speech to the graduating class. The ceremony will be webcast live.
“The nursing class of 2021 has been a joy for our faculty to guide in the classroom and clinical settings,” said Megan Lanpher, Division of Nursing chair. "We have watched the students grow in knowledge and skill even in the midst of the challenging circumstances over the past year. It is wonderful to celebrate their accomplishments with them and we pray for them as they begin their careers as nurses.”
The first pinning ceremony was held in 1982, the inaugural year of BJU’s nursing program. Since then, over 1,300 nursing students have graduated from BJU.
The BJU Nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), an independent organization which exists to ensure high standards, overall quality and continuous improvement of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs of nursing in the United States.