OFTC Pins Twelve Practical Nursing Students During December Ceremony

Twelve Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) Practical Nursing (PN) students were honored during the College’s December Pinning Ceremony held on the Dublin Campus, Thursday, December 7.  

Each December OFTC holds this ceremony to symbolize the nursing student’s completion of the educational requirements needed to sit for the state board licensure examination and to welcome them into the family of nurses.    

“It has been such an honor to witness the growth of these students from advisement to graduation,” shared Kerrie Fountain, PN Instructor on the Dublin Campus. “They have gone from students who dreamt of becoming nurses and are now our colleagues. We can’t wait to see what wonderful nurses these graduates become.” 

The tradition of the pinning ceremony dates to the Crusades when members of the Knight Hospitallers were honored with Maltese crosses after caring for wounded soldiers. Then in the 1860’s Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, continued the tradition when she decided all nursing students who completed nursing training deserved recognition. 

Danielle Smith, LPN delivered the ceremony address, encouraging students as they prepare to enter the nursing field. 

During the ceremony each graduating nurse received their pin, lit the ceremonious candle, and recited the Nightingale Pledge in honor of Florence Nightingale.   

Graduating Nurses 

Eliza Blue, Laurens County 
Krystin Fountain, Dodge County 
Lacie Fussell, Telfair County 
Keondra Goddard, Hancock County 
Samalia Hill, Baldwin County 
Makayla Jenkins, Washington County 
Ajanae Parks, Laurens County 
Nicholas Reddish, Laurens County 
Rebecca Scruggs, Johnson County 
Dallas Shepherd, Laurens County 
Sarah Thomas, Laurens County 
James Wilson, Laurens County  

For more info on OFTC’s Practical Nursing program, visit the College’s website, OFTC.edu