Oklahoma City University’s Kramer School of Nursing graduates picked up their pins in a drive-thru ceremony Thursday.
“It feels amazing. It’s really hard to actually wrap my head around right now,” Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Graduate Keely McGough said.
After nine years of school, McGough, along with her fellow nursing school graduates drove through a university parking lot to pick up graduation materials.
“The pinning is so important because it’s not only recognizing all of the diligent work we’ve done, but also how much our families have supported us,” McGough said.
A special video conference ceremony is scheduled for Friday, where the new nurses will officially put their pins on.
It’s a different type of event than what Chair of the Advanced Practice Program Dr. Gina Crawford is used to.
“When the students walk across the stage and they receive their pin or their diploma, it’s the greatest accomplishment and it’s an amazing feeling,” Crawford said.
Moving the pinning ceremony to a drive-thru and digital experience was a heartbreaking but necessary decision, according to faculty.
“This year is particularly special because you’re seeing that the nurses are on the front lines taking care of the patients. Your family members, your friends, your neighbors, and they’re dedicated to doing the best job that they can,” Crawford said.