OLD TOW — Newly graduated nurses from Eastern Maine Community College were honored in a special celebration.
On Saturday, students from the college’s nursing program were officially welcomed into the nursing profession.
“Very proud of myself and all my classmates. It’s an exciting day,” said newly graduated nurse Madyson Waycott.
“The amount of support that we’ve had I think is amazing. People just show up and support us in this,” said newly graduated nurse Marjorie Richards.
This pinning ceremony was unorthodox, to say the least.
It was all set up thanks to the efforts of a newly graduated student. Through a lot of hard work and negotiations, the nursing school had the pinning ceremony at the old town municipal airport.
“I’m really glad we’re able to celebrate this way, regardless of the masks and stuff. It’s still just as exciting, there’s just a little difference but it’s beautiful out, it’s a little chilly but at least we got to celebrate,” Waycott said.
She added the ceremony is special for the nursing school, however, it wasn’t a separate graduation ceremony, as they received those honors virtually with the rest of the college students on Friday.
“With the receiving of these pins, I welcome you into the nursing profession, congratulations,” said Pilar Burmeister, the director for EMCC’s Nursing Program.