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The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing community gathers each fall to welcome our new first year nursing students to the nursing profession. Each student is presented with a stethoscope the week before they begin their first clinical rotations. The stethoscope serves as a symbol of their new role and responsibilities as a student nurse and a reminder of the high standards that they are expected to uphold.

This new tradition includes opening remarks from the president of the FPB Undergraduate Student Nurses Association; and an address by school administrators and distinguished guest speakers. The remarks are followed by the presentation of the stethoscopes.

As students come to the stage, their names are announced, and they are presented with their new stethoscopes marking their first steps into clinical practice. The ceremony concludes with students and faculty reciting an adapted version of The Nightingale Pledge.

Parents and loved ones from around the country participate in this milestone via a live video stream. View highlights from our 2015 ceremony below.

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