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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212

May 07, 2019

College of the Ozarks Nursing Program to hold Pinning and Blessing Ceremony May 11, 2019

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — College of the Ozarks graduation activities will begin on Saturday, May 11, 2019, with the Pinning and Blessing Ceremony for nursing graduates. This is the 10th annual ceremony for the Armstrong McDonald School of Nursing program.

The ceremony will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Williams Memorial Chapel. The public is invited to attend, and a reception will follow outside on the Chapel lawn.  

At the ceremony, 24 students will receive a specifically designed pin that reflects the program’s five main pursuits of Truth, Character, Critical Thinking, the Tenets of Florence Nightingale, and Creating a Nourishing Environment. The nursing pin communicates the wearer’s earned right to the title of nurse and provides a tangible link to the source of their education.  

“A nursing pin is traditionally presented to the newly graduated nurse as a symbolic welcome into the profession,” said Dr. Janice Williams, nursing program director. “It signifies the completion of a rigorous educational process.”

The purpose of the Pinning and Blessing Ceremony is for celebration and commissioning of nursing graduates for service to Christ.

About College of the Ozarks

College of the Ozarks is a private, Christian, liberal arts college, located in Point Lookout, Missouri, on a 1,000-acre campus. Christian values, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U.” experience. The College earns numerous accolades yearly, including No. 1 Most Innovative School in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for 2019 and No. 1 Best Bang for the Buck by Washington Monthly. To achieve its vision, the College pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic, and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, a laboratory school that completes the K-college model.

The Keeter Center — the College’s award winning lodge, restaurant, and conference facility — was ranked a Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2019. It features historic lodging, fine dining, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest workstation on campus. Follow College of the Ozarks at or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.


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