Letter: Special ceremony is deserved for NHTI nursing grads

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

I’m writing this email in hopes to change the minds of some NHTI nursing program members. Every year the graduating nursing class has a special “pinning” ceremony, separate from the main graduation. This is a chance to have all the families and loved ones there to witness students getting there special RN pins.

The nursing department at NHTI has decided to cancel the ceremony this year. I have heard from every student that this was going to be very important to their loved ones. Example: the family that used all its savings and struggled for over two years to support a family while the student went full-time to get this degree. Or the student who worked full-time and still passed all major tests. Or the student who lost close family while in school but made it through anyway. The student who was pregnant and still made it to the final after giving birth.

This pinning is for the children who need to see their “Mommy” or “Daddy” walk down the aisle to get their pin, and be able to take pictures. This nursing class needs this ceremony and the families are willing to do anything to get it back.

Sasha Quick