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PCC Honors Nursing Graduates, Dec. 12

December 12, 2013

NOTE: Media are welcome to the event.  However, the ceremony is invitation-only and is not open to the public.

Tucson, AZ – Pima Community College's Nursing Department on Thursday will honor 90 graduating students at a candlelight pinning ceremony at the Tucson Convention Center Grand Ballroom.

PCC's pinning ceremony is a time-honored rite of passage that stretches back more than 150 years to the Nightingale School of Nursing in London. The school's legendary founder, Florence Nightingale, honored her graduating students with a pin as a symbol of excellence.

“They are entering their profession at an exciting time,” said Marty Mayhew, dean of Nursing.  “With the Affordable Care Act, a world of different possibilities is opening up in health care.”

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Projections, the number of employed nurses will grow from 2.74 million in 2010 to 3.45 million in 2020, an increase of 26 percent.

In addition to PCC’s Associate of Applied Science Degree in nursing, it also offers a Concurrent Enrollment Associate Degree/Baccalaureate Degree Nursing program which allows students to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Northern Arizona University while pursuing their associate’s degree in nursing.

PCC’s Nursing program is approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.  

  • What:  Pima Community College Nursing Department Candlelight and Pinning Ceremony
  • When: Thursday, December 12, 2013, 4 p.m.
  • Where: Tucson Convention Center, Grand Ballroom, 260 S. Church Ave.

C.J. Karamargin
Vice Chancellor for Public Information and Federal Government Relations
(520) 206-4850