After finishing the two-year Associate Degree Nursing program, 29 Alvin Community College graduates received their nursing pin during a ceremony on December 11.
The Nurse Pinning ceremony includes the graduates receiving their pin, the lighting of the ceremonial lamps and reciting the Nurse’s Pledge.
Each of the graduates also had an opportunity to thank their families and friends for their support as well as thanking the ACC faculty for their role in earning their degree.
Nursing graduate Megan Stearns received a surprise congratulations from her husband, U.S. Navy corpsman Joshua Stearns, who is currently serving in Afghanistan. ACC staff members were able to broadcast live video of Joshua onto a screen and he was able to pass her a sweet, short message during the ceremony.
“I’m proud of you,” he said.
A tearful Megan Stearns blew a kiss at the screen as Nursing Director Sally Durand placed the Nurses Pin on her uniform. “It was a complete surprise for me,” she said. “And that was all I wanted-for him to see me get pinned.”
Joshua Stearns has been serving in Afghanistan for 5 months and told Megan he would be coming home in 65 days.
The pinning ceremony is held every May and December.