For the first time, this year’s Pinning Ceremony included a special ceremony to commission three nursing graduates into the United States Navy. Although graduates are often commissioned to the military near graduation, it has never taken place at an official College of Nursing event.
“For generations, nurses have played pivotal roles in our country’s military. In fact, Gator Nurses have been recognized in all branches of the military for their bravery, their leadership and their selfless devotion to others in the face of grave circumstances,” said Director of Student Success Sharon Bradley, DNP, MSN, BSN, RN, CNL, CNE. “We are proud of the fact that every year, we graduate nurses who elect to join the Armed Forces and serve our country in this admirable way. This year, three of our nursing graduates will be joining the United States Navy. Shayla Bell-Francis, Lauren Rocheleau and Jenna Scheler: We are honored that your official commission is taking place as part of our ceremony today.”
Several graduates also received special awards during the Pinning Ceremony that exemplify excellence in certain areas. These awards and their recipients include:
- The Care Award: Caroline Hicks
- The Lead Award: Erica Del Ray
- The Inspire Award: Lois Burns
- The Award for Excellence in Community Service: Carly Reeves
- The Award for Diversity and Inclusion: Courtney Belgrade
Watch highlights of the Pinning Ceremony below.