FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) – A decision by Bristol Community College to do away with a traditional pinning ceremony for graduates of the nursing program has been reversed after backlash from the community.
The pinning ceremony marks the end of the nursing program: students dress in historic nursing uniforms and receive a pin marking their graduation.
“It goes all the way back to the times of Florence Nightengale,” said BCC nursing alum Stephanie Meleo. “It’s very, very nostalgic. It’s very emotional.”