NEWARK -- Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) recently had nursing recognition ceremonies to honor Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Technology and Practical Nursing Certificate Program graduates from the Coshocton, Newark and Knox campuses.

The following graduates were honored at the ceremony March 11 at the Coshocton High School:

Practical Nursing Certificate Program graduates -- Megan Nicole Powell, Newcomerstown; and Stacie Kay Slasor, Newcomerstown.

The following graduates were honored at the ceremony March 15 at the COTC Newark Campus.

Associate Degree Nursing graduates -- Amber Paulette Bates, West Lafayette.

The following graduates were honored at the ceremony March 17 at the COTC Knox Campus.

Associate Degree Nursing graduates -- Theodore E. Crites, West Lafayette.

The graduates were recognized for their achievements and received COTC nursing pins. The pinning ceremony is a long-held tradition marking the passage of student to the ranks of professional nursing. The ceremony originated in the 1860s at London's Nightingale School of Nursing. Florence Nightingale, who had recently been awarded the Red Cross of St. George for her selfless service to the injured and dying in the Crimean War, chose to extend this honor to outstanding nursing graduates by presenting each of them with a medal for excellence.