Connors State College celebrated the graduation of 42 new nurses in a pinning ceremony held Dec. 7, 2018 on the Warner campus in the Fine Arts Auditorium.
The pinning ceremony signifies the nursing students’ official initiation into the brotherhood and sisterhood of nurses. The ceremony is rich with symbolism; it is the right of passage which can be traced all the way back to the 12th century.
Sandra Watson, the Connors Interim Division Chair for Nursing and Allied Health, said, “This was the largest group we have had in several years because it included both career ladder students and traditional students. This is exciting for our community because the projected need for nurses in Oklahoma exceeds the current capacity of the schools in Oklahoma.”
This year’s graduates are:
Brandon L. Reich
Stanley Ray Collins
“Students who graduate from the Nursing Program have a 100 percent chance of obtaining a job after graduation,” Watson said.
Connors will be accepting career ladder students twice a year again, starting in Fall 2019. The Career Ladder Program is especially designed to provide mobility for the Licensed Practical Nurse and the Licensed Paramedic. Qualified individuals may earn up to 18 hours of advanced placement toward an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing. The application for the Fall entry will be open until February 15, 2019.