Commissioning Ceremony Set for Nursing Students

September 24th, 2009

Pineville, La. The Louisiana College School of Nursing and Allied Health is pleased to announce the first ever “commissioning” ceremony for  nursing students. Students in their junior year and who are about to enter clinicals will participate. The ceremony is on Monday, September 28th at 5 p.m. in Bolton Chapel, located on the first floor of Guinn Auditorium on the campus of Louisiana College.

Dr. Kimberly Sharp, Dean of the LC School of Nursing and Allied Health, explains, “the ceremony is a special time for nursing students, and is reminiscent of previous “capping” ceremonies. The term commissioning refers to the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20), so it has a threefold application.  The first is to establish a link with history, both with former LC nursing alumns and with nursing’s 19th century founder, Florence Nightingale. Secondly, the commissioning will emphasize the importance of using nursing as a ministry for Christ. Third and lastly, the ceremony will dedicate the students as ambassadors for Louisiana College. “We are consecrating them for the very special professional role that is nursing.”

For more information about the commissioning ceremony contact the office of College Communications. (318) 542-8688.