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CMU Montrose Campus celebrates graduation of nursing students

Montrose– Colorado Mesa University’s Montrose Campus held the annual pinning ceremony for fifteen students who each graduated with a bachelor's degree in nursing — one of the many workforce development credentials offered at the southern-most CMU campus. More than 100 family members and friends attended the ceremony with emotions running deep as students achieved a major, life milestone. 

CMU Montrose Campus Director Gary Ratcliff attended the ceremony and was pleased at recent growth in the nursing program and other Montrose Campus offerings. 

“The pinning ceremony stands out as one of the most rewarding parts of my job,” said Ratcliff. “Nursing is and always has been an important and honorable profession throughout in the world. CMU nursing graduates are committing their time, energy and efforts to easing the suffering of others, and improving the quality of life for those around them.” 

The pinning ceremony is a tradition in university nursing programs throughout the nation. The celebration supplants a traditional graduation and signifies official initiation into the brotherhood and sisterhood of nurses. Ceremonies held today date back two centuries ago when Florence Nightingale was awarded the Red Cross of St. George in recognition for her tireless service to the injured during the Crimean War.  

During the pinning event, Nursing Clinical Instructor Cathy Feller read comments prepared by each graduate in which they expressed gratitude to those who supported them while they were a CMU student. 

The pledge offered by graduates is an adaptation of the Hippocratic Oath.