Kishwaukee College Therapeutic Massage graduates participated in a traditional pinning ceremony on Aug. 8 in Jenkins Auditorium.
The graduates in Therapeutic Massage are Kelsie Appleton of Rockford, Sheila Donmeyer of Oregon, Carmen Gary of Cortland, Renee Larson of DeKalb, Felicia Olson of Genoa, Jasmine Painter of Rochelle and Whitney Sprague of DeKalb.
The tradition of pinning health care graduates originates with the nursing profession in 1860 when Florence Nightingale presented a lapel pin to her best students. Over the years, other health care professions have added the practice to their graduation traditions to symbolize an official initiation into the students’ chosen health care profession.
During the ceremony, each graduate was pinned individually by a friend or family member who had supported the student or acted as a mentor. The graduates also enjoyed addresses by Laurie Borowicz, KC president; Bette Chilton, dean of Health and Education; Leslie Ciaccio, coordinator of the Complementary Health Programs; and student speaker Felicia Olson.
The graduates and their families and friends also enjoyed a short slideshow, created by Sara Rutsky, from Kishwaukee Education Consortium, that recapped their progress through the program.
For more information on the Therapeutic Massage or Esthetics programs at Kishwaukee College, contact Leslie Ciaccio at 815-825-9363 or firstname.lastname@example.org.