College of Western Idaho’s Practical Nursing program marked the completion of its third cohort with a traditional pinning ceremony Thursday, Dec. 9. Pinning ceremonies are a custom steeped in history dating back to the Crusades when medals were given to those who tended to the sick and injured.
Nominated by her classmates to speak on behalf of the cohort, Sarah Tuffield quoted Shakespeare challenging her graduating peers to do great things in nursing. Dr. Allison Baker, Nursing Department Chair, acknowledged the persistence and dedication demonstrated by the 18 graduates.
To observe safety and social distancing guidelines, the event was held at the Canyon County Campus and live-streamed for friends and loved ones to watch at home. Graduates of the College’s Practical Nursing program are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN).