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FHU Nursing Graduates Pinned

Henderson, Tennessee - May 29, 2018

Pinning ceremonies for 29 Freed-Hardeman University nursing graduates were conducted May 11, 2018. They received Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees May 12 during commencement exercises.


The following individuals participated in the pinning ceremony: Becca Anderson from Knoxville, Tennessee; Nancy Avina, from Cordova, Tennessee; Emily Bailey from Huntsville, Alabama; Heidi Bingle, from Lakeland, Florida; Hannah Bozek, from Booneville, Mississippi; Eden Clouse from Jackson, Tennessee; Ann Elizabeth Cobb from Petersburg, Tennessee; Sarah Coker from Petersburg, Tennessee; Abbie Lea Fox, from Leoma, Tennessee; Kirby Gatlin from Petersburg, Tennessee; Meredith Goodman from Selmer, Tennessee; Alyssa Greenwald from Florence, Alabama; Andrew Hardee from Henderson; Ashley Jackson, from Henderson; and Shelby Nicohle Joyner from Valdosta, Georgia.

Others who received their pins included the following: Jamie Moody from Luray; Kelley Nicole Moore from Stantonville, Tennessee; Rebecca Lynn Neel from Coldwater, Mississippi; Mady Newby from Knoxville, Tennessee; Anna Peters from Pikeville, Tennessee; Kayla Pickard from Smyrna, Tennessee; Morgan Pledge from Lakeland, Tennessee; Ethan Ricketson from Harrison, Tennessee; Hope Rogers from Linden, Tennessee; Christopher Ryan from Prairieville, Louisiana; Amanda Sherman from Flowery Branch, Georgia; Julia Wallace from Decatur, Alabama; Alyssa Walls from Bethel Springs, Tennessee; and Morgan Willoughby from Savannah, Tennessee.

The pining ceremony is a time-honored tradition for the nursing profession. Its history dates to the Maltese Cross worn by Crusaders as a symbol of service to Christianity. As a result of Florence Nightingale’s influence, hospitals began developing programs to train nurses. The Nightingale School of Nursing in London awarded a badge with a Maltese Cross to nurses when they completed their training. In the United States, the first pins were presented in 1880. The pin symbolizes the completion of educational requirements so individuals may sit for state licensing exams and then practice their profession.

In addition to these students who completed their nursing education in Henderson, 10 others completed the program at the university’s Dickson location. The FHU nursing program is approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.