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The School of Nursing at Campbellsville University hosted its first pinning ceremony on May 8 for 22 students who made up the first class in history to graduate from the new CU school.
The traditional pinning ceremony took place in the Ransdell Chapel prior to awarding each of them the associate degree in nursing at the Saturday, May 10 commencement.
Jo Ann M. Wever, dean of the School of Nursing, presented her graduates to a filled house at the Thursday evening event. She introduced speakers Dr. Michael V. Carter, president; and Dr. Frank Cheatham, vice president for academic affairs, as "two remarkable men to work with."
Carter remembered each of the people who had inspired the dream for a School of Nursing at Campbellsville University along with those who had given of themselves to bring the dream into reality.
He said, "It is with humble hearts that we come together on this historic day. Our prayers, love and support go with you. "
He told them that part of that dream had been to graduate a "Campbellsville nurse," one who had all the nurse's training and development but one who also had the heart of Christ. He said, "It was a dream that no matter where we were, we'd always be able to tell if it is a Campbellsville nurse."
Cheatham told the graduates to take the time to thank their family, friends and teachers who supported them through their academic career. He thanked Wever for her leadership in bringing the first class of the School of Nursing to graduation.
After bestowing a pin on each uniformed nurse, Wever said to the graduates, "Take care of your patients, take care of each other. Take care of yourselves because as nurses, you will be constantly giving, constantly caring for others. Sometimes it can seem like a bottomless pit, so take care of yourselves."
Remarks were given by Anita Franklin and a special song was shared by graduate Terri Miller, both Taylor County graduates.
School of Nursing instructors Beverly Rowland, Jenny Dobson, Miriam Mullins, Brandy Pierce and Angela Atwood took part in the service.
The pinning ceremony ended with prayers by the Rev. James Jones followed by a reception for graduates, their families and friends.
The 22 new "Campbellsville" nurses include: Courtney Carroll, Russell Springs; Lindsey Driscoll and Dedra Kerr, Elizabethtown; Denise Hughes, Natalie Shuffett, Janice Shuffett and Angela Stone, Greensburg; Christina Ward, Lexington; Heidi Bloomquist, Martinsburg, Pa.; and LaRee Bell, Megan Cox, Theresa Fagundes, Anita Franklin, Jamie Holt, Sarah Kerr, Terri Miller, Melissa Mings, Rita Reynolds, Ashley Thompson, Janet Weatherford, Jacquelyn Young and Allison Wise, all of Campbellsville.
The School of Nursing offers a two-year program leading to the associate degree in nursing. The degree prepares the graduate to function as a generalist and to practice in a variety of positions in a variety of clinical settings. The program's goal is to graduate "competent, qualified, caring and compassionate nurses," according to Wever.
For information, stop by the CU School of Nursing, located on North Columbia Avenue in Campbellsville, call 789-5155 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
u Linda Waggener is assistant director of university communications at Campbellsville University.