2019 Spring Nursing Candidates Pinned


Connors State College celebrated the graduation of  30 new nurses in a pinning ceremony held May 10, 2019 on the Warner campus in the Fine Arts Auditorium.  The pinning ceremony signifies the nursing students’ official initiation into the brotherhood and sisterhood of nurses.  The modern ceremony is rich with symbolism; it is the right of passage which can be traced all the way back to the 1860s when Florence Nightingale was awarded the Red Cross of St. George in recognition for her diligent service to the injured during the Crimean War.  By 1916, the practice of pinning new graduates was standard throughout the United States, and Connors follows this practice.

The Nursing Program at the Connors State College has a high success rate of students placed after graduating. Sandra Watson, the Connors’ Interim Division Chair for Nursing and Allied Health, said, “This is exciting for our community because the projected need for nurses in Oklahoma exceeds the current capacity of the schools in Oklahoma.”  Among some of the graduates, the class nominated two students who spoke to their fellow classmates and the family and friends present about the classes’ journey together.  Jenee’ Hensley represented the Traditional Nurse program, and Holli Hamby represented the Career Ladder program.

Students received their pins from their instructors, participated in the Candle Lighting Ceremony, and gave the Nightingale Pledge. Students graduating from the Traditional Nurse program were: Erika Barnett, Rachel Hogan, Morgan Booth, Angela Lawson, Keith Carr, Cecilia Mackey, Kynndy Casey, Towanna Martin-Scott, Ashley Collier, Breanna Medearis, Stephanie Dowling, Melanie Pelayo. Brandy Duarte, Jordan Perry, Sophy Garrett, Alya Smith, Jenee’ Hensley, and Katie Wofford.

Students graduating from the Career Ladder program were: Candice Featherston, Holley McElhaney, Wendi Flatt, Ashley Todd, Holli Hamby, Cheere Walker, Kelsi Hilderbrandt, Amy Walton, Ashley Kimble, Amanda Williams, Katie McCullar, and Helen Zelee.

For more information about the nursing program at Connors State College, visit our website at www.connorsstate.edu/nursing, or contact our Division Chair for Nursing and Allied Health, Sandra Watson at (918)684-5436.