Nursing Grads Celebrate with Drive Thru Pinning

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
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COVID-19 may have postponed face-to-face events and/or canceled commencement celebrations, but like many at schools, colleges and universities, the faculty and staff in the Nursing program at GateWay Community College are getting creative with how they will honor their Nursing graduates - our heroes of tomorrow.

Nursing graduates usually have a rite of passage by participating in what’s called a pinning ceremony. Registered nursing and practical nursing grads take a pledge to devote themselves to taking care of others to the best of their ability. This year, these soon-to-be GateWay alumni will be recognized with a drive-thru event in the parking lot of the college’s legacy campus.

Nearly 200 RN/LPN students and their families will be recognized by Nursing faculty and staff during this drive-thru event to pick up their MaricopaNursing pins, ribbons, Nightingale lamp, and a commemorative Pandemic Pinning program acknowledging the graduates outstanding efforts during the pandemic of 2020.  

This ceremony typically occurs prior to the regular GateWay May commencement, which was postponed until a time in Fall 2020.

Separately, GateWay graduates are being recognized through a college webpage and social media. Visit to see more.

Friday, May 22
9:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.


GateWay Community College-Washington Campus
108 N. 40th Street
East side parking lots (40th & Washington)