Huron, Ohio – Twenty-two Bowling Green State University Firelands College students participated in a pinning ceremony on May 16 in conjunction with their attainment of an associate of applied science degree in nursing.

The associate degree program in nursing is a collaborative satellite program offered by Lorain County Community College on the BGSU Firelands campus to provide citizens of Erie, Huron, Ottawa, and Sandusky counties with the opportunity to develop careers as registered nurses.

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.

Graduates of the May 2015 class include:

Lynda Ares               Sandusky
Nicole Auvil              Port Clinton
Megan Davidson      Willard
Emily Denhart          Sandusky
Carissa Duncan         Norwalk
DeAnna Fox              Huron
Rebecca Getz            Norwalk
Tamera Helle            Oak Harbor
Lori Jolly                   Sandusky
Sarah Lopez              Gypsum
Alison Lute                Norwalk
Danielle Martin         Galion
Sandra Mays             Milan
Karen Mork               Sandusky
Janelle Smith             Vermilion
Cortney Sparks         Greenwich
Misty Stanley            Green Springs
Mark Towns              Berlin Heights
Nicole Traczek           Sandusky
Marcelina Valliant     Sandusky
Joyce Walton             Bellevue
Nichole White            Willard

Held in the BGSU Firelands Cedar Point Center, the event featured a special welcome to the graduates from Lorain County Community College President Roy Church and BGSU Firelands Dean William Balzer.  LCCC faculty member Jill Reiter was the keynote speaker and graduate Karen Mork represented her classmates.

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