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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
No. COC-Advisory-NursePinning
May 29, 2012
 
Invitation to Cover Nurse Pinning Ceremony on May 30
Subject: College of the Canyons registered nursing program graduation and pinning ceremony.
Time: 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Place: Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center (PAC) at College of the Canyons
Contact: Diane Morey, (661) 362-3214; Bruce Battle (661) 362-5604
Event: Sixty-two students from the College of the Canyons nursing program will take part in a traditional pinning ceremony marking the completion of each nurse’s training.
 
Celebrating the accomplishments of newly graduated registered nurses, the pinning ceremony serves as a symbolic welcoming for all those entering the nursing profession.
 
As part of the ceremony, nursing department faculty members will present each graduate with a nursing pin before the group collectively recites the Nightingale Pledge traditionally taken by new nurses.
 
“This event represents the culmination of a nursing student’s hard work and dedication, as well as the beginning of a new career in this caring profession,” said Diane Morey, director of the nursing program. “We are proud to have the opportunity to honor our graduating RNs in the presence of their family, friends and peers.”
 
Since 2000 the College of the Canyons nursing program has worked diligently to address the statewide nursing shortage -- experiencing significant growth in the process.
 
Each year a minimum of 100 new students are admitted to the program. Currently there are 257 nursing students enrolled at College of the Canyons, with an additional 28 students expected to enter the program this fall.
 
Note to Editors: Photo opportunities will be available. However, tripods are NOT allowed inside the theater. Photographers shooting from a tripod will be confined to the PAC sound booth.
 
Entrance to this event is by invitation only. Media members interested in attending should contact the College of the Canyons Public Information Office at (661) 362-5604 or pio@canyons.edu.