The National Anthem is performed before the start of the pinning ceremony on May 24.

GARDNER — Family and friends gathered on Friday, May 24 to celebrate the achievements of Mount Wachusett Community College’s associate degree nursing class during a traditional pinning ceremony.

The 46th graduating class was made up of 116 students enrolled in the day and evening programs and included LPNs who returned to continue their education through the college’s Bridge to Nursing program.

“Congratulations on your efforts. You have made it and you have persevered. I congratulate you on those efforts,” said President James Vander Hooven.

Dressed in traditional nurse uniforms, the students were welcomed into the profession by having the program’s nursing pin fastened to their lapels by a family member, friend, or an alumnus of the program, or a faculty member. The pin marks where the nurses completed their studies and distinguishes them from other health care professionals.

As part of the ceremony, the students also took a nursing pledge that dates back to Florence Nightingale, who distinguished herself during the Crimean War by caring for soldiers.

The MWCC Nursing Class of 2019 is:

Ayer: Stephanie Whitney

Dunstable: Irene Reed

Harvard: Paulina Sarnik

Pepperell: Katy Sullivan

Shirley: Diana Freeman

Townsend: Katie Langone