Pinning Ceremony

University of Mobile Nursing Graduates Honored in Pinning Ceremony, Gubernatorial Candidate Bill Hightower Speaks

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MOBILE, Ala. – The University of Mobile Class of 2018 launched 17 new nurses into the workforce with a pinning ceremony May 4 at Redemption Church in Saraland. Senator Bill Hightower spoke at the event, instructing the class on “How to be Happy in Your Calling.”

“The value of life is always measured in how much you give,” said Hightower, who is also an Alabama gubernatorial candidate. He encouraged the graduates to be generous, to set goals and to think positively.

The University of Mobile School of Nursing Pinning Ceremony is an annual event that honors graduates for their accomplishments, recognizes their families who have supported students during their journey and allows faculty a time to celebrate the accomplishments of their students. The pins used in the ceremony represent the nurse’s education as well as the institution in which the nurse studied.

After the graduates received their pins from instructor of nursing Tammy Brown, the Auxiliary of Gideon’s International presented the class with Nurses’ New Testaments. Ashley Hillman, a member of the Class of 2018, shared reflections from the class, expressing gratitude to faculty and summarizing the principles they taught.

The graduates completed the ceremony by reciting the Nightingale Pledge, a commission for a nursing career that had its roots in Christianity centuries ago. Many nurses consider this ceremony more symbolic of their career choice than graduation.

These new nurses went on to participate in UM’s Commencement ceremony March 5.

Graduates who received Bachelor of Science in Nursing and participated in the Pinning Ceremony by hometowns, including honors earned, are:

Citronelle, AL – Kayla Catherine Byrd; Ashley Lynn Hillman, Area Award: Bachelor of Science in Nursing;

Daphne, AL – Pascal Brousseau, cum laude;

Headland, AL – Jayme Blake Snellgrove;

Mobile, AL –Brittany Alaina Pettway, Timalethia Aledrianne Scott; Beverly Danielle Watts; Victoria Lynn Woodruff;

Montgomery, AL – Mary-Kate Sellers;

Satsuma, AL – Victoria Christin Banks;

Silverhill, AL – Jennifer Ann Campbell;

Spanish Fort, AL – Saige Fleming Grimes;

Gulf Breeze, FL – Alexandria Rae Karcher;

Pensacola, FL – Kaitlyn Elizabeth Terry, School of Nursing Achievement Award, magna cum laude;

Boise, ID – Katelyn Rebecca Murdorf;

Brooklyn, NH – Rebecca Elizabeth Anderson;

Edison, OH – Keirston Deanna Pangborn Lower, cum laude;



About University of Mobile

University of Mobile is a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences institution with a vision of higher education for a higher purpose, founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions through rigorous academic preparation and spiritual transformation. Core values are: Christ-Centered, Academically-Focused, Student-Devoted and Distinctively-Driven. The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in over 40 areas of study. Founded in 1961, University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres.

For more information about University of Mobile, visit the website at or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.

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Rivers Brunson

Rivers is an experienced writer and an alumna of University of Mobile. She graduated in 2015 and holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication. She returned to University of Mobile professionally as marketing communications specialist in 2017. She also hosts a podcast with Bellum Creative Group called Due South about Southern arts and culture. A Grove Hill, Alabama native, Rivers fell in love with the city of Mobile as an undergraduate student and now calls it home; however she takes frequent trips to see her family who are NAMB church planters in Livingston, Montana. She has a lovable golden retriever named Cooper.

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