Nurses Capping & Pinning Ceremony
Thursday evening, May 8th, at the Tays Center, the final group of graduates of NMSU-A’s Nursing Program were celebrated with the traditional “Capping & Pinning” ceremony. A large audience of family, friends, and well wishers were present to pay honor to the 16 graduates, acknowledging their long hours of study, preparation, and success.
The feature of the celebration was the graduates being pinned (see photos) by special family members and receiving their cap (women) or band (men) from registered nurses. These 16 graduates are now ready to enter the nursing profession.
Keynote speaker was Dr. Vincent Lombraña who spoke of the characteristics of a good nurse. The keynote speech was followed by Ms. Lindsey Cox and Ms. Marian Coca presenting the history of the cap and pin. Dr. Ray Nejeres presented the graduates as the pinning and capping ceremony proceeded. Ms. Katherine Price-Ashley presented the history of the lamp as the solemn lighting of the lamps took place.
The celebration closed with the graduates reciting the “Nightingale Pledge” which is an adaptation of the Physician’s Hippocratic Oath. (Excerpt) “I solemnly pledge…I will be active in assisting others in safeguarding and promoting the health and happiness of mankind.” The pledge in its entirety exemplifies the dedication and honor of those reciting it to their chosen profession.