Central Arizona College nursing graduates recognized at pinning ceremony


Twenty Central Arizona College students were recognized for completing the college’s nursing program during the 59th Nursing Division Pinning Ceremony recently held at the Signal Peak Campus.

The pinning ceremony, a time-honored tradition of nursing schools across the country, signifies a student’s completion of one of the most challenging curricula offered in higher education.

CAC President, Dr. Jackie Elliott provided a warm welcome and Tina Berry, Academic Dean, addressed the graduates.

Once the graduates received their pins, class speaker Alesha Row provided a touching speech, speaking affectionately about each professor’s lessons. She stated, “As the 59th class, … We now know how to be better humans & hold ourselves accountable (in the nursing profession).”

Kendall Maas received the Academician Award and Luz Ibanez earned the program’s Clinician Award.

CAC Nursing Club (CASNA) club members were recognized for their leadership: Marissa Palacios, Secretary; Ofelia Merkle, Treasurer; Nancy Mora, Fundraiser; and Tamara Zufelt Munlin, Membership Director.

Vivian Denson’s contribution to CASNA is recognized with awards presented to students that excel in the lower nursing blocks. These students included Gabriella Canter – Block I, Lauren Fulks – Block II, and Areli Nido – Block III.

The evening concluded with a candle-lighting ceremony and the graduates taking the Florence Nightingale Pledge. The pledge, an adaption of the physician’s Hippocratic Oath, was written in 1893 by Mrs. Lystra E. Gretter and the Farrand Training School for Nurses in Detroit.

Editor’s note: Ms. Askey is the executive director of Public Relations and Marketing at Central Arizona College