Penn State Fayette celebrates nursing graduates at 2024 pinning ceremony

Melissa Miner and her daughter Sarabeth Miner at Penn State Fayette's 2024 pinning ceremony.

Melissa Miner, director for undergraduate nursing education at Penn State Fayette, standing beside her daughter, Sarabeth Miner.

Credit: Penn State

LEMONT FURNACE, Pa. — Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus, honored its students graduating with a bachelor of science degree in nursing during their pinning ceremony on May 3.

With respect and integrity, those attending the ceremony recited words from the International Council of Nurses’ Pledge, vowing to keep their professional knowledge and skill at the highest level and refrain from any action which might endanger the life of another.

The pinning ceremony, a time-honored tradition in the nursing profession, symbolizes the transition from nursing student to graduate nurse.

Each graduate was presented with a nursing pin, a distinctive emblem that serves as a visible reminder of their commitment to the nursing profession. The pins were placed on the graduates by a special person in their life — such as a parent, grandparent, spouse, child or friend — while Melissa Miner, Director for Undergraduate Nursing Education at Penn State Fayette, read aloud the students’ personal and rather emotional statement of thanks.

Following the ceremony, Annamarie Ball performed “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus.

Ceremony participants

  • Annamarie Ball
  • Abigail Bickerton
  • Austin Brundege
  • Haley Bryner
  • Jonathan Dumond
  • Donata Heckman
  • Makenna Katona
  • Alysha Lessman
  • Aaliyah Lewis
  • Ashlyn Mansberry
  • Sarabeth Miner
  • Virginia Mirandy
  • Autumn Phillips
  • Andrew Ream
  • Laurel Salzman
  • Mya Shawley
  • Brianna Ulery
  • Bethany Umbel
  • Justina Yauger

All students are expected to apply for and take the National Council Licensure Examination to become a registered nurse.