Goodwin Pins 25th Nursing Cohort
One of Goodwin’s proudest and most emotional traditions was held anew on Thursday, August 15, when 57 people made the transition from nursing students to graduates of the Associate Degree program.
The ceremony marked the 25th cohort of students to complete the program. It was held in the Goodwin College Auditorium with hundreds of family members and friends in attendance.
“This is not just a job, it is a passion,” said Jan Costello, Director of the Nursing Program. “This is the best profession you could possibly be in.”
Costello urged the students to “keep the fire in their bellies” as they continue with their careers or continue on to seek their baccalaureate degrees in Nursing.
The College holds pinning ceremonies three times a year, celebrating each nursing cohort that completes the rigorous and intensive program. In addition to considerable time in the classroom, nursing students must complete clinical assignments and maintain solid grades in order to graduate.
As a result, classes of students form tight bonds with each other. Pinning ceremonies are especially tender affairs where the students get to celebrate their success and give their thanks to the family members who supported them throughout the process.
Goodwin President Mark Scheinberg told the grads that he felt like a “proud papa” as he beheld the graduating class. Students come to Goodwin not just to prepare for a job, Scheinberg continued, but to prepare for the journey that awaits them following graduation.
“This is the time that you begin to build your own reputations and your own practices,” Scheinberg said.
Following tradition, the graduates all wore white and carried red roses into the ceremony. Upon being individually called, Costello placed a small pin on their lapels, signifying that their time as students had ended and that they were ready to move forward.
Following the pinning, the lights in the Goodwin Auditorium were dimmed and the grads lit candles in the fashion of nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale, remembered as the “Lady with the Lamp.” The cohort members then read their vows by candlelight.
Dating from 2004, the Goodwin Associate Degree in Nursing Program has produced thousands of qualified and compassionate nurses who have made a tremendous difference in the lives of their patients.