The pin each graduate received features two symbols that reflect core values for the nursing graduates to carry with them as they leave Vanguard University. The symbols overlap at the center of the pin with the words “Vanguard University” and “Baccalaureate Nursing” surrounding.
The first symbol on the pin is the “Florence Nightingale Lamp”, which holds historical and symbolic significance. The lamp points back to the founder of the nursing profession, Florence Nightingale, who took a group of women to care for sick and wounded British soldiers during the Crimean War, which had never been done before. It symbolizes Nightingale’s care and devotion that is carried on by the nursing graduates of Vanguard University.
The second symbol is the traditional Christian cross. The cross reminds graduates of the sacrificial love of Christ, which serves as the foundation and motivation for the kind of service and care they will provide. In addition, the cross symbolizes the core Christian commitment of Vanguard University and its mission to deepen students’ faith, equip them to serve the Lord and prepare them for their vocational callings.
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