COTC recognizes nursing graduates at ceremony

NEWARK -- Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) held a nursing recognition ceremony on Dec. 12 at the college's Newark campus to honor graduates receiving the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Technology.

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 has 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.

Associate degree nursing graduates honored at the recognition ceremony: Margaret Buck, Cambridge; Carole Hunt, Newcomerstown; and Betty Kyle and Elizabeth Vestal, Coshocton.

Immediately following the nursing recognition ceremony, the graduates were awarded their degrees at COTC's winter 2008 commencement ceremony.

Central Ohio Technical College is a two-year college dedicated to providing high quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs, as well as encouraging the professional development of students, staff, faculty, and administrators to assist them in achieving their maximum potential. COTC operates campus locations in Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.