United Career Institute held its 44th annual commencement ceremony for its 2020-2021 graduates on October 7, 2021. The first part of the evening was an intimate ceremony for the pinning of the Practical Nursing graduates. These graduates asked only their closest friends and family members to join them for this most memorable occasion. Each graduate picked one or two important people in their lives to “pin” them. These pins signify the membership of these graduates in the proud and rewarding society of nurses.
The ceremony became a tradition when Florence Nightingale was awarded the Royal Red Cross for her service as a military nurse and presented a medal of excellence to her brightest graduates. The graduates of United Career Institute’s School of Practical Nursing receive thoughtfully designed pins that include the United Career Institute emblem, a caduceus, and a Lamp of Knowledge. The symbol of the lamp is also derived from Florence Nightingale, who made her rounds by lamplight.
The symbolic lamp is also used at the end of the pinning ceremony when Nursing students light their lamps and recite the Florence Nightingale Pledge. The students solemnly promise to practice their profession faithfully and devote themselves to the welfare of those committed to their care.
After a brief intermission, the Medical Assisting and Medical Billing/Administration graduates joined the Practical Nursing graduates for the processional into the auditorium in their blue caps and gowns. Ali Sensabaugh, campus president, opened the commencement ceremony with welcoming remarks to welcome those in attendance and share her gratitude for both the graduates and their friends and family members.
The Medical Assisting and Medical Billing/Administration graduates then took the stage, where Kelly Shriver, Allied Health Program Director, and Kathryn Coddington, Financial Aid Advisor, presented the graduates with their degrees and special pins of their own. These pins, much like the Practical Nursing pins, symbolize the culmination of education and skills these graduates have acquired during their time at United Career Institute.
Practical Nursing graduates took the stage once more to be presented their diplomas by Nursing Program Director Marcia Landman. Once the much-deserved degrees and diplomas were received, they were then conferred by Ali Sensabaugh. These graduates have worked tirelessly throughout their programs to gain the knowledge and skills necessary for a career in the healthcare field. We at UCI are thankful for these graduates and are excited to see what the future holds! Their friends, family, peers, and instructors are all so incredibly proud of their accomplishments and wish them the very best in their future endeavors.
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