Our Curry College Nursing Class of 2021 Deserves an In-Person Pinning Ceremony!

Our Curry College Nursing Class of 2021 Deserves an In-Person Pinning Ceremony!

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We, the Curry College School of Nursing Class of 2021, were informed on April 7th, 2021 that our nurse pinning will not be held in-person and will be held virtually. We are incredibly disappointed with this decision. A pinning ceremony is a symbolic nursing school tradition that welcomes new graduate nurses into the profession. We have worked extremely hard, have made many sacrifices, and have shed many tears in our efforts to complete this program. Many of us have also been working throughout the Covid-19 pandemic as frontline workers. We have had to adapt to online clinical, lectures, lab restrictions and much more. As we are aware that “part of being a nurse is dealing with uncertainty and adapting to change” we do not feel that this should be compared to the importance of our pinning and recognition ceremony. We are asking for more information regarding this decision. We would like to know who made the decision to hold a virtual pinning, if there was any student representation, and the reasoning behind this decision. We would also like to note that a survey was sent regarding our preferences for a pinning and recognition ceremony on April 2nd and we were only given until April 4th by midnight to respond. We are also requesting to have a meeting to voice our concerns and the importance of having an in-person pinning ceremony. We feel that if Curry College can hold an in-person graduation for the Class of 2020 and 2021, the School of Nursing should be able to hold a nursing pinning in a safe manner for our 133 nursing graduates. If we are unable to have a pinning, we feel that there should still be some form of recognition at our commencement on May 23rd. We are requesting a response by Wednesday April 14th and are looking forward to hearing from you to work collectively as a community to find a feasible option.  

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