Oklahoma Baptist University

Nursing Grads Honored At Pinning Today

In one of OBU's unique academic traditions, 32 senior nursing students will receive their OBU nursing pins at the School of Nursing Pinning Ceremony Friday afternoon.

The ceremony begins at 1 p.m. in Potter Auditorium of Raley Chapel. Dressed in their white nursing uniforms, the seniors will be recognized for completion of their bachelor of science degrees. The students also will participate in OBU's Spring Commencement on Saturday morning, May 17.

Gerald Milligan, a retired Southern Baptist missionary who served in medical and education mission posts for more than 31 years, will deliver the Pinning Address. Jasmin Johnson, OBU assistant professor of nursing, will deliver the charge to the students.

The pinning ceremony celebrates the transition from the role of student to the role of nurse, according to Dr. Lana Bolhouse, dean of the School of Nursing. The pin, designed by the nursing program's first graduating class in 1956, features a white cross in the center and is unique to OBU graduates. Bolhouse will present the distinctive pin to each graduating student. Each senior also will be presented a rose by Cindy Reiger, assistant professor of nursing.

Milligan is project director for The Salt and Light Partnership, a multi-agency evangelical effort aimed at international unreached people groups. He previously taught nursing and worked in hospitals in Egypt, Jordan, the Gaza Strip, Romania, and the United Arab Emirates.

Graduating seniors receiving their nursing pins include: Karinna Madai Avila, Broken Arrow; Hilary Lauren Barker, Oklahoma City; Melanie Lynn Bristow, Cypress, Texas; Julie Kristin Brooksher, Oklahoma City; Emily Kaye Cartwright, Haltom City, Texas; Amanda Dawn Curl, Mount Vernon, Mo.; Kristen Rita Dearing, Oklahoma City; Kimberly Joanne Deitrick, Collinsville; Lyndsey Chelan Dras, Buena Vista, Colo.; Amanda Marie Hall, Buena Park, Calif.; Staci Leann Harp, Denison, Texas; Hannah Ruth Heavener, Shawnee; Emily Blair Hodges, Weatherford, Texas; Samuel Ross Jones, Muskogee; Nicole Christine Kuhns, Wichita, Kan.; Ronald Edwin Lewis, Shawnee; Blessy Mathews, Shawnee; Stephanie Leigh McPherson, Beaumont, Texas; Emmaculate Ngwe Ndifor, Laurel, Md.; Stephen Derek Nettles, Lawton; Rachel Elizabeth Owens, Kennewick, Wash.; Lauren Brooke Payne, Shawnee; Amanda Tracy Ryan, Shawnee, Kan.; Meagan Elizabeth Shepherd, El Paso, Texas; Erin Lea Short, Hooker; Kelli Welborn Simpson, Meeker; Julie Annette Stevens, St. Charles, Mo.; Rachel Nicole Stuard, Santa Ynez, Calif.; Kari Elizabeth Tague, Topeka, Kan.; Donna Marie Urbassik, Norman; Mandy Diane Winkler, Belton, Texas; and Anne Catherine Winters, Norman.

The Pinning Ceremony will be followed by a reception on the second level of OBU's Geiger Center.

OBU's Spring Commencement will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 17, in Raley Chapel.

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