Seniors in the Health Professions program at Finger Lakes Technical and Career Center were honored on June 2nd with a traditional Pinning Ceremony. The ceremony itself dates back to the 12th century when the Crusaders were cared for by the Knights of the Order of the Hospital of St. John the Baptist. Since then, it has been a longstanding tradition for nursing programs all over the world, and is symbolic of welcoming recently or soon-to-be graduated students into the nursing profession. It has been a time-honored tradition here at Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES, as well.
The Health Professions program facilitates three different classes for a total of 24 students who were "pinned" by either their instructor, a family member or friend. Health Professions Instructor Barbara Philbrick led the program, while fellow instructors Alyssa Rowles and Denise Brown helped pass out roses and announce students' names.
"You walked in here as students, and you leave as caregivers and colleagues..." said Philbrick, who continued her remarks noting how hard the students have worked to get to this point and wishing them luck in their future endeavors.
The ceremony ended with a pledge read aloud, indicating that the students are committed to honesty and compassion in the workplace, as well as their dedication to the profession. The official graduation from the program will be marked by the Completion Ceremony set for the evening of Wednesday, June 15.
Best of luck to our Health Professions seniors, and all of our Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES students as the 2021-2022 school year comes to a close.