Nursing students at MCC feared pinning ceremony was in peril

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Students in the nursing program at Metropolitan Community College say a graduation ceremony they worked so hard for was in doubt for some time.

Friends battled through a two-year nursing program, and the end is near. Graduation is three weeks away, but they say they were afraid there might not be a pinning ceremony.

“When our hats weren’t ordered, our hats for the ceremony were not ordered because the director all of a sudden resigned from the program. All of a sudden they were not ordered,” said one nursing student.

Mandy and Megan asked FOX 4 not to show their faces, but are upset about the turn of events. For nurses, the prestigious pinning ceremony a rite of passage.

“That and in itself is bigger than walking across the stage, getting a degree in a general population graduation. So it’s huge for us,” another student said.

In a statement, the school says:

“A pinning ceremony for MCC-Penn Valley nursing students will take place this semester. We are still working through the details, but we do have plans to offer a pinning ceremony to all students who have successfully completed the program. We understand the importance and history of pinning ceremonies for nurses and want to continue to offer that tradition to our students.”

FOX 4 reached out to other nursing students, they have yet to hear anything from the school.