This article ran as a companion piece to “We Are CC: Commencements around the country” in the winter edition of our Affinity alumni magazine.

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Aside from main campus, the Lake of the Ozarks location is the only one to hold its own Nurses’ Pinning Ceremony.

Columbia College-Lake of the Ozarks’ nine-member Associate in Science in Nursing class of 2017
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It’s an event steeped in tradition, in which the location’s Associate in Science in Nursing graduates are honored and presented with pins in front of friends, family and other well-wishers. The candidates hold candles and recite the Florence Nightingale Pledge to do all in their power “to make and maintain the highest standards and practices” of the nursing profession.

Last April, Karl Brandt, the only male in the nine-student ASN class and the one his classmates chose to address them during the pinning ceremony, told his fellow graduates that “when any employers see Columbia College on our resume, they will have confidence in our knowledge base.”

“Their whole ceremony is unique, and it is special,” Kim Bonine, director of the Lake of the Ozarks location, said the day of the ceremony. “I think it’s awesome that a lot of them already have jobs and are ready to go. That just speaks a lot for our program and reputation.”

Check out the photo gallery below for more images from the April 2017 Columbia College-Lake of the Ozarks Nurses’ Pinning Ceremony.