A group of four individuals smile for a photo following the ceremony. Three are wearing lab coats.


Fairmont, WV – Prospective graduates in the School of Health Sciences at Pierpont Community and Technical College were recognized during a pinning ceremony on Wednesday, April 24, culminating years of dedication, preparation, and hard work.

The ceremony and pinning ritual represent the transformation that students undergo from academia to their careers as healthcare professionals. Each pin symbolizes the completion of rigorous academic and clinical training and instills pride, responsibility, and commitment to their respective professions.

Over 40 students were recognized for their achievements Wednesday evening, accompanied by an audience of family and friends. Several students were also recognized for their induction into the Phi Tau Alpha Honor Society for Physical Therapist Assistant Students and Lambda Beta, the National Honor Society for the Profession of Respiratory Care.

“There are a few moments more rewarding than witnessing the completion of years of dedication and perseverance from our remarkable students,” said Dean of Pierpont’s School of Health Sciences, Amy Cunningham. “They have evolved from eager learners into caring professionals prepared to make a meaningful impact on healthcare. It was an immense privilege to preside over the pinning ceremony and bear witness to the years of hard work from our students.”

For many students, the ceremony signifies the peak of their academic journey, one that is often filled with challenges, adversity, and sacrifices necessary to achieve their goals. “Our students have spent countless hours of study, clinical rotations, and personal sacrifices to reach this moment,” said Cunningham. “The faculty have witnessed their growth, triumphs, and resilience and are confident in their ability to represent the highest standards of the healthcare profession.”

Students represented programs in health information technology, health sciences, medical laboratory technology, physical therapist assistant, respiratory care, and veterinary technology, as well as several certificate and advanced skill set programs.

“Our community needs each one of you,” said Pierpont President, Dr. Milan Hayward. “Not just the occupation and specialty you represent, but your spirit, your pride, and your care and concern for one another and our community.”

To view more photos from the event, click here.

Pierpont’s Commencement Ceremony is set for Friday, May 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center in Clarksburg.