Decision to Eliminate Pinning Ceremony at Bristol Community College Draws Ire From Students

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.”

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