Coastal Bend College’s (CBC) Licensed Vocational Nursing (LVN) program hosted their annual pinning and candle lighting ceremony on Wednesday, May 16 at the CBC Beeville campus. CBC’s ceremony honored LVN graduates from the Beeville, Alice, Kingsville and Pleasanton locations.

The pinning ceremony is an annual event that signifies a student’s successful completion of their nursing education and commemorates their entrance into the nursing profession. Nursing schools across the United States have kept the pinning ceremony tradition alive to honor Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

Nightingale started a similar tradition over 150 years ago when she would present graduates from the nursing school she founded with a medal or a pin. CBC’s nursing instructors provided each student with a pin that will be worn throughout his or her nursing career.

In addition, CBC’s LVN graduates recited the Florence Nightingale Nursing Pledge while holding a lamp, and each graduates’ candle was lit by one of their instructors. The lighting of the lamp signifies each graduates intention of carrying Nightingale’s dedication and compassion for the nursing profession forward.

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