Huron, Ohio – Fourteen Bowling Green State University Firelands College students will participate in a pinning ceremony on August 10 in conjunction with their attainment of an associate of applied science degree in radiologic technology or diagnostic medical sonography.

The pinning ceremony is a 1,000-year old symbol of service to others.  The earliest ancestor of the pin dates back to the Maltese Cross and was adopted by the Crusaders.  The nursing profession assumed the ceremony for their graduates and was soon joined by other professions that serve in direct patient care.

“We are proud of our graduates who have completed the program and have chosen to work in an admirable profession for the delivery of healthcare,” said BGSU Firelands Radiography Program Director Sylvia Fedro.

The graduates have completed a rigorous program that included a two-year clinical internship and they have earned the right to take the national registry exam.

“Many of these students will continue their education in advanced placement for radiation therapy, mammography, CAT scan, or MRI, and will work toward a bachelor’s degree. We congratulate them all,” said Fedro.

The event also celebrates the first graduates from BGSU Firelands diagnostic medical sonography program which first admitted students in 2012.

“The development of the DMS program has been a learning experience for all involved and much credit is due to this first group of students.  They have helped to define the program and they have set a high standard for future students to follow,” said Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Director Cara Vickery.

The graduates are:

First Diagnostic Medical Sonography pinning ceremony class

Jessica Bunce                                     Castalia
Candace L. Finley                             Sandusky
Jennifer L. Price                                Vermilion
Daniell Still                                         Norwalk

Ninth Radiologic Technology pinning ceremony class

Brittany M. Briggs                            Attica
Ashley M. Carstensen                    Amherst
Melia M. Chappelear                      Norwalk
Kathryn N. Fisher                             Norwalk
Valerie L. Kemper                            Sandusky
Kyleigh Mominee                            Port Clinton
Andrew J. Murphy                          Sandusky
Nicole M. Osborn                            Norwalk
Joshua G. Schmitz                            Lorain
Julia A. Walters                                 Castalia

The ceremony will be held Sunday, August 10 at 1 p.m. in the Cedar Point Center at BGSU Firelands.  Dean of BGSU Firelands Dr. William Balzer;  Department Chair of Applied Sciences Dr. Cynthia Miglietti, Fedro, Vickery, Radiography Clinical Coordinator Valerie Glowacki, Sonography Clinical Coordinator Dana Eskins and part-time Coordinator Malissa Frazier will preside over the event.

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