NEWARK — Central Ohio Technical College held pinning ceremonies this month to honor the following graduates of its health sciences associate degree programs.

Graduating with a degree in Nursing Technology are: Staci Potts of Centerburg, Dia Buckland of Fredericktown, Andrew Neighbarger of Gambier, Jennifer Zornes of Mount Gilead, Lauren Snyder of Mount Vernon and Azlin Dunn of Utica.

Those graduating with a degree in Radiologic Science Technology are: Sarah Bunker of Howard, as well as Jessica Baer and Emily McDonald of Mount Vernon.

Only graduates who have granted COTC permission to release their names to the public are listed.

The pinning ceremony is a long-held tradition marking the passage of student to the ranks of professional nursing. The ceremony originated in the 1860s at London’s Nightingale School of Nursing. Florence Nightingale, who had recently been awarded the Red Cross of St. George for her selfless service to the injured and dying in the Crimean War, chose to extend this honor to outstanding nursing graduates by presenting each of them with a medal for excellence.


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