Light of passage

Walla Walla Community College nursing school graduates Ashley Questad, left, and Alanna Reesman stand during the candle lighting at Saturday’s annual Pinning Ceremony. The event took place after the school’s regular graduation ceremony and originates with the story of Florence Nightingale, known as the founder of modern nursing. Nightingale was awarded the Red Cross of St. George in the 1860s and, in turn, passed a medal on to her brightest student, WWCC nursing program director Kathy Adamski said. Candles lit during pinning ceremony, which recognizes students graduating with an associate degree and who are eligible to become licensed as registered nurses, is a nod to the story of Nightingale’s visits to patients “in the dark of the night” with a lighted lamp, Adamski said today. Students must earn 135 credits before receiving the WWCC nursing pin, she said.


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