Veritas, utilitas and fidelitas are the Latin words that surround the Bible symbol on Anderson University’s School of Nursing pin. The words stand for truth, service and faith; all of which the faculty of AU believes is the basis of what nursing students should build their foundation on when beginning their career as a registered nurse. The School of Nursing is excited to hold their annual pinning ceremony in honor of those students graduating by presenting them with a pin that incorporates the values that AU has based their program on.
“The pinning ceremony allows us to provide an intimate atmosphere for the graduating nursing students and recognize them individually in front of their family and peers,” said Dean of School of Nursing Karen Williams. “We let a family member of the student have the honor of placing the pin on them because they’ve been their support throughout their years at AU. We like to put a great amount of emphasis on each graduates’ research project they have been working on throughout the past year. The ceremony allows us to go at a slower pace and provide the deserved individual attention to each graduate.”
Each institution has a different interpretation of the pin and what it stands for. Anderson University nursing professors take great pride in the symbolic meanings chosen for the pin. The basic composition of the pin is gold which represents worthiness and the Golden Rule. The blue represents truth, loyalty and consistency; all of which are virtues that the graduate will give to their patients and employers. The central theme is the flame over the open Bible, which represents the outpouring of light upon the Word of God. The light alludes to the knowledge gained in the educational process, which is continuous throughout life. The faculty of the School of Nursing challenges the graduates to wear their pin with pride and remember its symbolism; to grow and practice their profession with love, integrity, knowledge and charity.
Senior Jenna Yeager is graduating from the nursing program this year and is looking forward to what her future holds after graduation.
“Our nursing class has gotten really close over the years and by having our own separate ceremony, we’re able to come together and be unified as a class and see each other get recognized for different accomplishments,” said Yeager. After graduation, Yeager intends to find work in the Indianapolis or Chicago area and work in the emergency department.
Throughout the ceremony, graduates will be given awards for those who have shown exceptional work throughout their years in the nursing program and will be recognized by honored guest speakers. The awards given throughout the ceremony include lifelong learner, nursing scholar, excellence in clinical practice, nursing servanthood and the masters award. The ceremony is not only for senior nursing graduates, but it also recognizes students graduating from the Anderson University nursing masters program. There is a separate pin designed and given to students completing the masters program and they are recognized individually as well.
One special element of the program will be the awarding of the Outstanding Junior Student Award. This award, established in 2009, is named for St. John’s Health System and St. Vincent Health in grateful recognition of the gift of the St. John’s Health Center for Clinical Excellence and SimMan 3G, a gift received by the university in the fall of 2009. The award will be presented at the annual Pinning Ceremony in May of each school year at Anderson University.
The ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. in Reardon Auditorium on May 7. There will be a candle lighting service at the end of the event, followed by a reception at 6 p.m. The pinning ceremony is open to everyone in the community.
- Laura Overman is a junior from Anderson University, majoring in communication arts. Laura is an associate with Fifth Street Communications, writing in behalf of Anderson University Office of University Communications.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2009, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the sixth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.