Gateway Community College (GCC) Nursing graduates celebrated their accomplishments at the Class of 2014 Pinning Ceremony.
The jubilant ceremony on May 16 marks the transition from student to professional for 57 graduates from 25 towns across Connecticut.
A time-honored tradition, pinning ceremonies trace their origins to nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale, who received the Cross of St. George from Britain’s Queen Victoria in 1855 for her service in caring for injured British soldiers. When special nursing schools were later founded using Nightingale’s principles and practices, the awarding of pins and medals to outstanding graduates became increasingly common until it was eventually established as a rite of passage from student to practitioner.
The nurses will participate in GCC’s 22nd Commencement on Thursday, May 22 at Yale’s Woolsey Hall.
The following students are in the Nursing Class of 2014:
Cheshire: Caroline E. Williams
Hamden: Caitlin Bruni, Tina M. Fierlit, Ting Gao, Lauren M. Henderson, Michael D. Montefusco, Yaw Fui Yong.
Meriden: Emily Gonzales, Ken Laude Jr., Michelene Panciera, Jessica Patino, Sandra Lacey Wells.
Southington: Bozena Czajkowski.
Wallingford: Henry Christensen III, Michelle D. Fabiani, Melissa C. Formica, Alison L. Ginter, Michael E. Tomasello.