16 January 2009: More than 400 nursing students graduating from Australian Catholic University's (ACU National) North Sydney campus attended a pinning ceremony today to welcome them into the nursing profession.
The time-honoured tradition dates back to 1860’s London, when Florence Nightingale chose to honour her most outstanding graduate nurses by presenting them with a medal for their excellence.
Graduate Irene Mayo congratulated her fellow classmates on persevering through the many years of study, exams, and clinical placements during their holidays.
“All nursing graduates from ACU National have two things in common - an appreciation for knowledge, and the ability for compassion and kindness to enrich the lives of others,” she said.
“We don’t know what the future holds, but what we can decide is our attitude - we are the ones who decide to be flexible, happy, healthy and productive in our lives.”
Vice-Chancellor of ACU National, Professor Greg Craven, wished the graduates long and successful careers, and said he had always observed nurses to be practical people, imbued with a large amount of common sense.
“You are now members of one of the great caring professions… it is this notion of service that is critical to the idea of a Catholic university and central to the concept of nursing.”
ACU National is the largest provider of nursing graduates in Australia.