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LTU to honor first class of nursing graduates in 'pinning ceremony' May 4

Release Date: April 30, 2021

SOUTHFIELD—Lawrence Technological University’s initial class of 26 Bachelor of Science in Nursing students will be honored in a traditional “pinning ceremony” Tuesday, May 4.

LTU received state approval to open a nursing education program in 2016, and enrolled its first class in August 2017. LTU’s partner in the effort is Ascension Michigan. The students will formally graduate at Commencement on Saturday, May 8.

“Pinning symbolizes the rite of passage from the academic degree, from the school they attend, to the practice and discipline of nursing,” said Therese Jamison, director of the LTU nursing program. “There’s also much more involved—we have a number of awards we will presenting, some of which are unique to LTU.”

The nursing students and faculty members voted for class members for academic excellence, nursing student-athlete, social justice warrior, nursing student leadership, and relationship-based care transformational practice. In addition, two additional national nursing awards, DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Students and DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty, will also be bestowed. These awards were created by the DAISY Foundation, established by the family of a man who died in 1999 at age 33 to honor the nurses who cared for him, and nurses everywhere.

The ceremony will feature remarks from Jamison, LTU President Virinder Moudgil, and Ascension Michigan Chief Nursing Officer Maureen Chadwick. Nurses will also take a pledge promising integrity, personal accountability, and continuing education in their professional careers.

The pinning ceremony will be held in an LTU auditorium before a limited number of guests due to the pandemic, but LTU will also stream the event live online. “That means all the families will be able to be there, which is absolutely wonderful,” Jamison said. To view the ceremony, visit https://www.ltu.edu/arts_sciences/nursing-pin.asp.

Jamison noted that LTU has achieved 100 percent employment for its first class of graduates, primarily at Ascension Michigan hospitals and healthcare centers.

For more information on opportunities for nursing education at LTU, visit www.ltu.edu/nursing.

In Michigan, Ascension operates 16 hospitals and hundreds of related healthcare facilities that together employ over 23,000 associates. Across the state, Ascension provided over $311 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in its fiscal year 2020. Serving Michigan for over 140 years, Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. Ascension is one of the leading non-profit Catholic health systems in the U.S., operating 2,600 sites of care—including 150 hospitals and more than 50 senior living facilities—in 20 states and the District of Columbia. Visit www.ascension.org.

Lawrence Technological University, www.ltu.edu, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers nearly 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Business and Information Technology, and Engineering. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 11 percent of universities for the salaries of its graduates, and U.S. News and World Report lists it in the top tier of best Midwestern universities. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus include more than 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.


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