USCB Hosts Pinning Ceremony for Nursing Graduates

USCB Hosts Pinning Ceremony for 25 Bachelor of Science in Nursing Graduates

April 24, 2017

BEAUFORT, S.C. – The University of South Carolina Beaufort will conduct a Baccalaureate Nursing Pinning Ceremony April 27 for 25 graduation candidates of the 2017 nursing class of the university's Department of Nursing and Health Professions on the Historic Beaufort Campus.

The event will be the seventh ceremony since the inception of the BSN program at USCB in 2011. It will take place at 2 p.m. at the USCB Center for the Arts. The nursing class of 2017 consists of 22 pre-licensure students and 3 RN-to-BSN students.

The pre-licensure track in the Bachelor of Science program in Nursing at USCB provides a four-year course of study for BSN students. The RN to BSN track provides the opportunity for working nurses with an associate degree to obtain the baccalaureate in nursing. The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and approved by the South Carolina Board of Nursing. Many students in the program have gone on to work at local hospitals and health care centers.

"These soon to be graduates are adding to the BSN educated population in South Carolina. Currently, forty-nine percent of all South Carolina RNs are BSN prepared which is far from the Institute of Medicines' recommendation for eighty percent of all RNs be BSN prepared by 2020," said Kimberly Dudas, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, CNE chair and associate professor of nursing and health professions at USCB. "They bring diversity to the profession, and they have a broad range of experiences to prepare them to care for patients, families and communities from all walks of life."

The lapel pin presented to each nurse candidate signifies the honor of the nursing profession and the school from which the nurse graduated. The pin awarded was designed by graduates of the first BSN class in 2011.


Located in the heart of the Carolina Sea Islands, the University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB) is a baccalaureate member of the USC system, serving the southeast coast of South Carolina and Georgia. Since 2002, USCB has tripled its academic degree programs, doubled its FTE enrollment, opened its first on-campus housing (now serving more than 750), joined the NAIA Sun Conference, and fielded conference and national award-winning Sand Shark athletes in nine sports. The university's two campuses serve a diverse student body of 2,000 students. The Hilton Head Gateway campus in Bluffton, SC, offers cutting-edge Computational Science and Nursing laboratories, and a broad range of academic degree programs. The Historic Beaufort campus, located on Beaufort's downtown waterfront, houses an innovative baccalaureate Studio Art program in close proximity to Beaufort's many art galleries. The University of South Carolina Beaufort offers students an exceptional place to learn and live in an environment focused on growth, preservation and opportunity.

For more information about the University of South Carolina Beaufort, contact Kerry Jarvis, public information coordinator, at 843-208-8030 or