September 21, 2023

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CBC RN graduates honored at annual pinning and candle lighting ceremony

Headline: CBC RN graduates honored at annual pinning and candle lighting ceremony


 On Tuesday, August 16, the Coastal Bend College (CBC) Department of Nursing Education hosted a pinning and candle lighting ceremony for the College’s professional/registered nursing (RN) graduates. Family, friends, and members of the community joined 14 graduates at the CBC Beeville campus inside of the Gertrude R. Jones Auditorium for the ceremony.

The annual pinning and candle lighting ceremony is a special event that celebrates the success of the College’s registered nursing students. During the ceremony, each student received a pin and a small lamp. This ceremony symbolizes a rite of passage into the registered nursing profession.

The lamp that each nursing graduate receives symbolizes a student’s intention to carry out Florence Nightingale’s Nursing Pledge to be a caring and compassionate nurse. CBC’s nursing instructors light each student’s lamp and together they recite the Florence Nightingale Nursing Pledge.

Students who were honored at the annual pinning and candle lighting ceremony include:

Lee Courtney

Andrea Garcia

Cody N. Garcia

Leila Gonzalez Garcia

Rebecca Heinaman

Patricia Isom

Peggy S. Kee

Amanda Perez

Felicita Ramirez

Angela Marie Romero

Janette Isabel Ruiz

Melissa Salaiz

Crystal Ann Schultz

Jessica Nicole Webb

For more information about CBC’s Nursing program offerings, please contact CBC’s Nursing Department at (361) 354-2768 or via email at Additional information is also available online at

Photos from the ceremony may be viewed at