For a group of Spartanburg Community College healthcare students, the end of the fall 2015 semester was a special time of celebration not only because classes and exams were completed, but also because these students completed their health program of study and participated in the College's much-anticipated fall pinning ceremony.
A time-honored tradition, SCC held the December pinning ceremonies for graduating students in the Medical Assisting program, the Nursing program and the Patient Care Technician program. Although some of these graduates will participate at the College's May 2016 graduation ceremony, for most, their pinning ceremony is really what it's all about.
"For healthcare professionals, pinning ceremonies are one of the most significant milestones in their collegiate and professional career," explains Dr. Berta Hopkins, SCC's dean of the health and human services division. "The ceremony marks a transition in the lives of students as they become newly minted healthcare professionals. The event is also a visible statement of the students' academic achievements and their professional promise to use their new skills to advance human health and save lives."
Hopkins says pinning ceremonies are also a very special time for healthcare faculty members attending. "It's a bittersweet evening because although we're thrilled to see our students reach their goals and enter the workforce, it's also emotional because we're saying goodbye to individuals we've spent many hours with over past semesters." In addition to supportive SCC faculty, family members of graduates also attend pinning ceremonies as a show of support for their loved one and acknowledgement that their journey was one filled with support and guidance from many.
Additionally, pinning ceremonies are especially significant because not only must students complete all required coursework for their program to receive a pin, for many, they must also pass required certification exams, which are the ultimate test of their newly learned knowledge and skills, and the final gateway to employment in their chosen healthcare profession.
SCC held pinning ceremonies for students completing the Medical Assisting Program, a three-semester diploma program. Graduating students included the following:
SCC's Nursing Program, which is a four-semester associate degree program, presented pins to 25 graduates. Graduating students included the following:
Catherine Brooke Barrett
Samuel Preston Peterson
Graduates of the three-semester Patient Care Technician Certificate Program who received pins included the following:
Geraldine T. Bullock
Cynthia L. Painter
Crystal M. Posey
Strang'e D. Sanchez
Valentina A. Vihodet
"Our students are the healthcare professionals that live and work right here in our community - the nurses, medical laboratory technicians, dental assistants, surgical technologists, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, pharmacy technicians, respiratory therapists, radiological technicians and massage therapists - that care for us, our children, parents and friends. It's vital that the educational training they receive at SCC prepares them in every way to be outstanding healthcare professionals in the workplace. Congratulations to all of our graduates and newly pinned healthcare professionals," adds Dr. Hopkins.
For more information on SCC's healthcare programs of study, please contact Dr. Berta Hopkins at (864) 592-4262 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos taken at the fall 2015 pinning ceremonies can be downloaded at the following link: