Kent State University College of Nursing Holds Pinning Ceremony for Fall Graduates

More than 500 guests, including 61 graduating nursing students from Kent State University College of Nursing, gathered in the Kent State Student Center Ballroom on Friday, December 16, for the Fall Undergraduate Convocation ceremony. The event recognized the accomplishments of the graduates and marked their successful transition from nursing student to professional nurse.

Joan Inderhees, 2016-2017 provost’s fellow at Kent State, provided the University welcome message. 

Kent State College of Nursing alumna, Ruth Ludwick, PhD, RN-BC, CNS, FAAN, was the evening’s guest speaker. She is a professor emeritus at Kent State, and serves as a nurse scientist at University Hospitals Portage Medical Center in Ravenna, OH.   

Ludwick compared her nursing career, which spans more than 40 years, to traveling. Just as it takes travelers time to learn their way around a new city, Ludwick explained the graduates have learned to navigate hospitals and processes like computerized charting and paperwork. Humorously, she also likened overcoming the medical language barrier to mastering a foreign language.   

“Nursing is a journey of many ups and downs. Expect delays, accidents, opportunities, hidden surprises, and last-minute deals. Your responses in these situations will make all the difference to your patients and their families.”  

Following Ludwick’s remarks, graduates received their nursing pins, flowers and recited the nursing pledge. Nursing pins date back 1,000 years to the Maltese cross, serving as a symbolic welcome to the nursing profession. Pins are worn by registered nurses on their hospital uniforms and identify the nursing school from which the nurse graduated.

Over the past year, the College of Nursing has graduated 541 students in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN) programs at the Kent and regional campuses.

“With these large numbers of graduates, just from our baccalaureate program, we are clearly doing our part to educate and prepare tomorrow’s professional nurses,” said Tracey Motter, DNP, RN, and associate dean for undergraduate programs at Kent State College of Nursing.

About Kent State University’s College of Nursing

In existence for nearly 50 years, the College of Nursing at Kent State University is one of the largest and most comprehensive nursing programs in the nation with more than 12,000 alumni worldwide. As part of Kent State’s eight-campus system, the college provides more than 2,000 nursing students courses of study at the baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral levels. To learn more about nursing programs at Kent State, please visit

POSTED: Friday, December 16, 2016 03:25 PM
Updated: Tuesday, January 31, 2023 02:35 PM
Mariah Gibbons