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Paige Bontrager honored during nursing pinning ceremony

Paige Bontrager of Shipshewana was honored in a traditional nursing pinning ceremony May 16 at Huntington University.

The Class of 2014 is the fourth graduating class from the Department of Nursing at Huntington.

The history of the pinning ceremony comes from the Crimean War when Florence Nightingale took 38 women to Turkey to nurse sick and wounded British soldiers. As she cared for her patients by the light of a lamp, Florence Nightingale became known as the "lady with the lamp." As a tribute to Nightingale's dedication, the lamp icon became symbolic of nursing. In the traditional ceremony the nursing pin is used to signify this same dedication, the end of formal education and the beginning of practice. It is a way of welcoming graduates into the nursing profession.

At the ceremony, students received the Huntington University Department of Nursing pin with the department's emblem.

“The pinning ceremony has a distinctive meaning to graduating nursing students as it signifies the end of an intense and rigorous education leading them to the socialization into their chosen careers,” said Dr. Margaret Winter, director of nursing.

Commencement exercises at Huntington University were May 17.