Midland College (MC) 2018-2019 Vocational Nursing students were pinned at a ceremony
evening, August 15, at 6:00 p.m. in the Allison Fine Arts Building Wagner & Brown
pinning ceremony is a tradition for nursing schools, marking the transition from nursing
nursing practice. The August 15 ceremony will include MC Vocational Nursing students
who have been
enrolled in Midland at the main MC campus and in Fort Stockton at Midland College’s
the Williams Regional Technical Training Center.
The nursing pin has a long and honorable history. The tradition of pinning began in
Florence Nightingale was awarded The Red Cross of St. George by Queen Victoria for
her service in
the Crimean War. Nightingale shared this honor with her nursing school students by
graduate a badge. By 1916 the pinning ceremony became an established tradition of
MC August 2019 Vocational Nursing graduates from Midland are Deborah Amoaka, Constance
Davis, Cristina Gonzalez, Carrie-Anne Mancha, Isela Luna, Elena Madrid, Leyla McCoy,
Navarro, Chinyere Ojo, Temitope Okuneye, Abby Platte, Vanesa Valenzuela, Vanessa Vazquez
and Ashley Young.
MC August 2019 Vocational Nursing graduates from Fort Stockton are Amber Akin, Araly
Cassandra Luera, Diana Pacheco, Obadiah Pruitt, Yvonne Dominguez, Verenice Salgado,
Vega and Terrance Wells.
Students who received special awards are:
• Cassandra Luera – The Academic Excellence Award, The Florence Nightingale Award and
The Wallace W. and Kathleen Irwin Nursing Scholarship Award.
• Ashley Young – The Florence Nightingale Award
• Deborah Amoaka – The Wallace W. and Kathleen Irwin Nursing Scholarship Award.
“We are extremely proud of these graduates,” said Brooke Foutch, MC assistant director
Nursing. “During this past year, they have worked hard to achieve their passion of
professionals in the healthcare industry. It is a beautiful thing when that passion
can be combined with
a rewarding career!”