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FHU Nursing Students to Participate in Pinning Ceremonies

Henderson, Tennessee - May 09, 2019

Approximately 50 Freed-Hardeman University nursing students will participate in pinning ceremonies May 16 and 17 in Dickson and Henderson, respectively. They will receive their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees May 18 during commencement exercises.

Nursing majors enrolled at FHU/Dickson will be pinned Thursday evening at 6:30pm in the Renaissance Center. All of them are Tennessee residents. They include the following: Audrey Avery, Dickson; Raychel Barry, Burns; Rebecca Bybee, Dickson; Savannah Campbell, Franklin; Mariah Canady, White Bluff; Rachel Carver, Bon Aqua; Taylor Cline, Bon Aqua; Courtney Crosby, Dickson; Kenzie Dagnan, Murfreesboro; Katlyn Davis, Vanleer; Hannah Finley, Erin; Christina Grimes, Dickson; Jessica Hennen, Fairview; Taylor Hill, Waverly; Kayla Hogue, White Bluff; Molly Jensen, Waverly; Trista Jones, Dickson; Sara Lane, Burns; Jay Mangrum, Dickson; Sabrina Park, New Johnsonville; Melinda Plew, Hendersonville; Jessica Price, Murfreesboro; Abagail Rife, Dickson; Coleman Sanders, Burns; Ben Selbe, Columbia; Jordan Seymore, Dickson; Geannie Tuten, Centerville; and Graham Waynick, Burns.

Students enrolled at the Henderson campus will be pinned Friday evening at 5:00pm in the main auditorium of the Henderson Church of Christ. They are: Michemana Blaise, Port au Prince, Haiti; Fallon Nicole Christian, Double Springs, Alabama; McKenzie Davidson, Troy, Tennessee; Welton Degraffreed, II, Covington, Tennessee; Erin Douglas, Knoxville, Tennessee; Christy Fortune, Murfreesboro, Tennessee; Spencer Garner, Scottsboro, Alabama; McKenzie Leigh Haislip, White Bluff, Tennessee; Hunter Jackson, Cordova, Tennessee; Hannah Marshall, Bakersfield, California; Abby Ann Murdock, Linden, Tennessee; Gabrielle Nicholson, Birmingham, Alabama; Lily Caroline Nixon, Selmer, Tennessee; Lauren Nowland, Vine Grove, Kentucky; Natalie Osteen, Murfreesboro, Tennessee; Emily Thomason, Santa Fe, Tennessee; Andrew Tomlin, Columbia, Tennessee; Avis Van Kampen, Atoka, Tennessee; Marco L. Vaughn, Ramer, Tennessee; Suzanne Williams, Mount Pleasant, Tennessee; and Shelby Wright, Lebanon, Tennessee.

The pinning 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.