Image Credit: Saskatchewan Polytechnic
Image Credit: Saskatchewan Polytechnic

First graduates of the Swift Current option of the SCBScN program celebrate achievements with a pinning ceremony

Pinning ceremony is a graduation tradition for nursing that originated in the 1860s

June 1, 2017 – On Friday the first cohort of students from the Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing (SCBScN) program who completed their four years of education in Swift Current will celebrate their graduation by being presented with a nursing pin. The time-honoured tradition of the nursing pin began at the Nightingale School of Nursing and is a symbol of honour, courage, dedication and privilege of being a nurse.

“We are very excited to celebrate the first graduates of the SCBScN program in Swift Current,” says Dr. Netha Dyck, dean of the School of Nursing and School of Health Sciences at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. “We look forward to their contribution in the delivery of quality patient and family centred health care in their community.”

Made possible through a partnership among the University of Regina, Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Great Plains College and the Cypress Health Region, the program provides students with an opportunity to engage in baccalaureate education closer to home. Up to eight students are accepted into the program each year.

“We are proud of our first graduates from Swift Current,” says david Gregory, dean of the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Regina. “We welcome these graduates to the nursing profession, on the occasion of their pinning ceremony. The Faculty of Nursing at the University of Regina extends hearty congratulations to each of the Swift Current graduates.”

Media are invited to attend:

Date: June 2, 2017
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Walker Place, 2150 Walker St, Swift Current


The University of Regina is a comprehensive, mid-sized university that traces its roots back to the creation of Regina College in 1911. It now has 200 academic programs, 10 faculties and more than 14,800 students. The University of Regina is well known in several areas, including business, education, engineering, journalism and justice studies, and offers online and distance study programs for people throughout Saskatchewan and across Canada.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic serves 28,000 distinct students through applied learning opportunities at campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon, and through extensive distance education opportunities. Programs serve every economic and public service sector. As a polytechnic, the organization provides the depth of learning appropriate to employer and student need, including certificate, diploma and degree programs, and apprenticeship training. Saskatchewan Polytechnic engages in applied research, drawing on faculty expertise to support innovation by employers, and providing students the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills.