Kent State College of Nursing Holds 2016 Undergraduate Pinning Ceremony

On Friday, May 13, Kent State College of Nursing held its spring undergraduate convocation ceremony at the Kent State Student Center Ballroom. More than 750 guests, including 121 graduates, family members, friends, faculty and staff attended.

Kenneth Burhanna, MLIS, assistant dean for Engagement and Outreach, and 2015-2016 Provost’s Fellow, provided the University welcome message. 

Jeffrey Arnovitz, MSN, RN, CNP, certified nurse practitioner at Cleveland Clinic, and two-time Kent State College of Nursing alumnus, returned to Kent State for the first time in 21 years as the evening’s guest speaker. He shared how nursing has provided him with countless opportunities throughout his career and gave the new graduates advice as they transition to the next chapter in life.  

“Nursing has pushed the boundaries of my life further than I ever would have expected. I have been able to speak about nursing on four continents and I am one of the first nurse practitioners in the country to provide interstate on-demand virtual clinic visits through telehealth,” Arnovitz said. “Immerse yourself in nursing. No matter what path your career leads you down, don’t forget why you chose this profession. Now go out there and make a difference!”

Following Mr. Arnovitz’s remarks, graduates received their nursing pins and recited the nursing pledge.

Nursing pins are part of a 1,000 year-old symbol of service dating back to the Maltese cross. They are a symbolic welcome to the nursing profession, marking the successful passage of nursing students to the practice role. Pins are worn by RNs on their hospital uniforms and identify the nursing school from which the nurse graduated.

Over the past year, the College of Nursing has graduated 504 students in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN) programs at the Kent and regional campuses.

“We are proud to be one of the largest and most comprehensive nursing programs in the nation,” said Curtis Good, Ph.D., assistant dean of operations and student services. “Well over forty percent of all practicing nursing professionals in Northeast Ohio are proud Kent State graduates.”

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: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 11:30 AM
Updated: Wednesday, February 08, 2023 10:16 PM
Mariah Gibbons