UA Hope Practical Nurse Pinning Ceremony Scheduled for April 30

Pictured: Front Row Left to Right: Aspen Easter, Brooke Stevens, Jesse Tatum, Blanca Martinez, A'kirra Lucas, Shawna Smith, Haley Denton, Heather Watts Top Row Left to Right: Ke'Ara Key, Brooke Murphy, Cara Atkinson, Tori Jones, Latoya Farris, LaMia Maxfield, Honour Whitaker

The University of Arkansas at Hope-Texarkana will honor graduating students from the Licensed Practical Nursing Program with a special nurse pinning ceremony on Tuesday, April 30, at 6:00 p.m. in the Hempstead Hall Theater.

The nurse pinning ceremony is a time-honored nursing school tradition. Often more personally meaningful than the graduation ceremony, it signifies your official initiation into the brotherhood and sisterhood of nurses. The ceremony is rich with symbolism. The history of this rite of passage can be traced all the way back to the Crusades of the 12th century. During this time, the Knights of the Order of the Hospital of St. John the Baptist tended to injured and infirm Crusaders. When new monks were initiated into the order, they vowed to serve these sick soldiers in a ceremony where each monk was given a Maltese cross, the first badge given to those who nurse.

The modern ceremony dates back to the 1860s, when Florence Nightingale was awarded the Red Cross of St. George in recognition of her tireless service to the injured during the Crimean War. To share the honor, she, in turn, presented a medal of excellence to her brightest graduates. By 1916, the practice of pinning new graduates was standard throughout the U.S.

All nursing pins are unique. The UAHT pinning was designed in 1966 by Hazel Underwood, the first program director and instructor of the Practical Nursing Program. The cross on the UAHT pin traces back to the Knights who cared for the Crusaders. The state of Arkansas represents our home, and the circle is representative of the life cycle from birth to death and birth anew.

The public is invited to attend this special event to honor these graduating nurses as a symbol of the care and devotion that the nurse provides to the sick and the hope they provide in the practice of nursing.

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About the UAHT LPN Program:

The LPN program is a full-time, 11-month, selective admission program leading to a Technical Certificate in Practical Nursing. The program prepares students for licensure through the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX-PN). The program meets the requirements for accreditation by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. The deadline for application for admission to the Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) Program at the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana Hope campus is May 1, 2024, by 4:30 p.m. Students can apply online at For more information, please call the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana Health Professions Department at 870-722-8289.

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