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SUNY Erie celebrates nursing graduates with Pinning Ceremony at City Campus

Article by: Michael Farrell

BUFFALO—SUNY Erie Community College’s Nursing Department presented the College’s nursing pin to graduating students at its Nursing Senior Class Pinning Ceremony on Monday, November 20, 2017 inside the Minnie Gillette Auditorium of SUNY Erie City Campus.

Celebrating graduates from its locally lauded SUNY Erie Nursing Program, College and industry leaders—led by President Dan Hocoy, Ph.D., Dr. Patricia Losito, Executive Dean of Nursing, and guest speaker Kelley Clem, vice president of clinical education and patient advocacy for Hospice—joined to usher 27 trained nurses from courses to eventual healthcare careers across Western New York and beyond. 

The nursing pin is a more than 1,000-year-old symbol of service to others and identifies the registered nurse as a professional health practitioner. The pin is unique to each nursing school, and communicates that the wearer is a competent and educated SUNY Erie graduate in the nursing field. The College’s nationally accredited nursing program prepares students for employment opportunities as registered nurses in hospitals, public health agencies, nursing homes, extended care facilities, home health agencies, and other health facilities across the Buffalo Niagara region’s burgeoning professional sector. 

Since 1946, Erie Community College has met the needs of a diverse student body while contributing to the economic vitality of Western New York. As a member of the state’s SUNY system, the three-campus college provides flexible, affordable and accessible educational programs in an accommodating academic environment. Equipped with the knowledge of these programs, ECC’s faculty, staff and students strive to enrich their host communities through skill, service and partnership. For more information, visit www.ecc.edu or call (716) 851-1ECC.