Release date: December 3, 2018

Bossier Parish Community College will hold its 80th commencement ceremonies on Friday, December 7, at the College’s Health & Physical Education complex, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

BPCC Foundation Board Member Dr. Markey W. Pierre and BPCC Foundation President David “Rocky” Rockett are slated to give the commencement addresses at the graduation ceremonies.

Dr. Pierre will address graduates at the 9:30 a.m. ceremony for the Division of Science, Nursing & Allied Health and the Division of Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Rockett will address graduates at 2:00 p.m. for the divisions of Behavioral-Social Sciences; Business; Communication and Performing Arts; and Liberal Arts.

At the afternoon ceremony, students from BPCC’s College Transition Programs, who have completed requirements for the Louisiana high school diploma, will receive their certificates. The College Transition Programs include Middle College (High School Equivalency Program), English as a Second Language, and High School Equivalency in Spanish. These programs help students identify a plan for their lives beyond a high school diploma.

In observance of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (Dec 7), we will also be recognizing veterans from World War II during the graduation ceremonies.

For graduates’ friends and family who cannot attend the commencement ceremonies on Friday, both programs will be streamed LIVE online at www.bpcc.edu/graduation/fall.

THURSDAY, DEC 6 – Pinning & Nursing Honor Society Ceremony for Fall 2018 Nursing Class

BPCC will hold the pinning ceremony for its fall graduating class of nursing students at 6:00 pm on Thursday, December 6 in the Health & Physical Education Complex (GYM) on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

“The pinning ceremony is a time-honored tradition in nursing,” says BPCC Nursing Program Administrator Sharon Turley, MSN, RN. “Its history can be traced back to the Crusades of the 12th century when the Maltese cross was adopted by Crusaders to wear on their habits as a symbol of service. Throughout the years, the symbol was modified and eventually was given by the hospital school of nursing to students to identify them as nurses who were educated to serve the health needs of society.”

During the pinning ceremony, the Beta Zeta chapter of the Alpha Delta Nu Honor Society at BPCC will induct its new members. In order to qualify for induction, these prospective members had to complete a capstone project as well as maintain an overall B GPA average and a B in all nursing classes.

The fall 2018 class of registered nurses will graduate from the College on Friday, Dec 7, 2018.