More than 100 student nurses celebrated the end of their studies at the University of Wolverhampton with a lantern procession last week.
The event, on 31 August, was held ahead of the students’ graduation in September and also included a ceremony attended by family and friends.
“The education and knowledge passed on throughout this programme of study has been fundamental to our learning”
Joshua Williams and Emily Wates
Adult and mental health student nurses carried the lamps, which were symbolic of those used by Florence Nightingale, from the university to St Peter’s Church in Wolverhampton city centre.
The church ceremony, which was organised by the cohort’s student committee, featured stories from some of the trainees and faculty staff about the past three years spent in training.
It also included performances by the Living Water Church Choir and Cristie’s Academy of Dance.
This was the university’s fifth time holding the event, which also saw student nurses presented with an enamel university badge.
wolverhampton university church ceremony. photo stuart guy
“Adult and mental health field nursing graduates who began their training in September 2014 were invited to attend this celebratory event to acknowledge their personal and professional achievements throughout their nurse education,” said student nurses Joshua Williams and Emily Wates, who were involved in organising the event.
“The education and knowledge passed on throughout this programme of study has been fundamental to our learning. No matter where you work or what type of nursing work you do, it all contributes to make a difference,” they added.
Juliet Drummond, group tutor and senior lecturer in nursing at the university, noted the hard work student nurses had demonstrated.
“We are very proud of their achievements and wish them the very best in their future ventures. They have learned and demonstrated how to care for someone compassionately, competently, and safely,” she added.