Support Utica College Nursing Class of 2021 - In-person Pinning Ceremony

Support Utica College Nursing Class of 2021 - In-person Pinning Ceremony

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Lauren Wolff started this petition to Utica College Administration

Recent news from the Utica College Administration has left the UC Nursing Class of 2021 devastated. The decision has been made to not allow for an in-person Pinning Ceremony and has left us with the only other option of doing it virtually. The Nursing Pinning Ceremony is one of the most important events that we have been looking forward to and working hard towards since the moment we stepped on campus as Nursing students. During our ceremony we have the opportunity to be together as the Nursing Class of 2021 for one last time before we take our NCLEX exam and start our careers as Nurses. We proudly state the famous Florence Nightingale Pledge as a class and celebrate all of our achievements that we have conquered together. 

It is unfair of the Utica College Administration to say that our Pinning Ceremony must be virtual. The school has adapted new guidelines and are making significant changes to bring campus life back to normal and we believe that holding this small ceremony fits these guidances. While it is appreciated that there are plans in place for an in person graduation (by school) we are disappointed that we are unable to hold an in-person Pinning Ceremony for the 44 Nursing students who will be graduating this May. There would be a maximum of 55 people at the Pinning Ceremony which includes the 44 Nursing students and 11 faculty members. 55 individuals at our Pinning Ceremony is well below the 200 attendee capacity for outdoor athletic competitions that is stated in the Utica College Spring 2021 Spectator Attendance Policy. 

We are asking that you sign this petition to help bring this matter to the attention of the UC Administration that the Nursing Class of 2021 should be permitted to hold an in-person Nursing Pinning Ceremony in an outdoor setting, socially distanced, with face coverings required at all times. If you wish, please leave a comment on why the Pinning Ceremony is an important milestone for you. 

We appreciate your support - UC Nursing Class of 2021

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