Kishwaukee College faculty, administration and staff held a pinning ceremony on June 20 to honor graduating Radiologic Technology students. The students were presented with a special pin recognizing their accomplishments and hard work in completing the program and becoming eligible to join the profession of radiologic technologists.
The local radiologic technology graduates are: Kyle Anderson, DeKalb; Heather Bruyr, Kirkland; Tera Ferrari, DeKalb; Heidi Hershberger, DeKalb; Kelly Kahoun, Shabbona; Alison Kelly, Sycamore; Riley Latimer, DeKalb; Mary Veloz, DeKalb; and Stephanie Wisner, Sycamore.
The tradition of pinning health care graduates originates with the nursing profession in 1860 when Florence Nightingale presented a lapel pin to her best students. Over the years, other health care professions have added the practice to their graduation traditions to symbolize an official initiation into the students’ chosen health care profession. Following the pinnings, students offered carnations to their family and friends as a token of appreciation for their support while they completed the program.
The Radiologic Technology program prepares students for careers as radiologic technologists. Graduates are eligible to take the national certification examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. ARRT certification is recognized throughout the country, and successful completion of the exam allows students to become licensed by the State of Illinois.
Applications for the radiology program are accepted between Dec. 1 and Dec. 21 each year. The program begins each fall semester.
For information about the radiologic technology program at Kish, visit www.kish.edu/radiology or contact Program Director Jerry Fox at firstname.lastname@example.org or 815-825-9361.