Fortis College Nursing Graduates Welcomed into Profession During Pinning Ceremony on April 25

CENTERVILLE, Ohio – Nearly two dozen Fortis College-Centerville nursing graduates are eagerly looking forward to their pinning ceremony at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 25. The pinning – along with graduation – may well be one of the most important evenings of their lives.

The ceremony not only highlights the accomplishment of completing the difficult road of becoming a nurse, it formally welcomes them into the nursing profession. Following their pinning, the nursing graduates are officially recognized as members of the medical community.

The Fortis College-Centerville ceremony is being held at the First Baptist Church of Kettering, 3939 Swigart Road, Beavercreek, OH 45440. Dressed in their college uniforms, graduates will file into the front of the chapel and be greeted by their nursing instructors. Following comments by administrators and top students, all graduates are pinned by active nurses. The ceremony typically concludes with graduates holding lighted candles and reciting the nurses’ pledge in honor of Florence Nightingale, considered the founder of modern nursing.

Nightingale presented her nursing students with medals of excellence that eventually evolved into pins. By 1916, nurse pinning ceremonies were commonplace, although they trace their roots to the 12th century when monks who cared for wounded Crusaders were presented with Maltese crosses as a badge of caring for the injured soldiers.

Fortis College upholds and honors that rich tradition of nursing care by hosting a formal pinning ceremony for each class of graduating nursing students.

“Our students have worked long and hard to develop the skills and learning they need to care for their patients,” says new Campus President Wayne Korpics. “They will be on the front lines of medical care, helping to preserve the lives and health of others, so we feel it is only fitting that we recognize their significant achievements during this special ceremony.”

About Fortis College in Centerville
Fortis College in Centerville (formerly RETS College) is located on a modern, nine-acre campus in Centerville, Ohio, approximately eight miles south of Dayton. The college offers a wide range of campus-based programs in the fields of nursing, dental, allied health, cyber security and HVAC/R, along with additional healthcare and business courses through Fortis’ Distance Education division.

Accreditations & Approvals
Fortis College in Centerville is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) and has also achieved the following programmatic recognitions:
• Medical Assisting associate degree program – accredited by the American Association of Medical Assistants/Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (AAMA/CAAHEP);

• Heating, Ventilating, AC & Refrigeration program – accredited by the Partnership for Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Accreditation (PAHRA);

• Practical Nursing and the Associate Degree in Nursing programs – full approval of both programs by the Ohio Board of Nursing;

• Associate Degree in Nursing program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN);

• Cyber Security and Forensics program is approved as CompTIA Authorized Partners and is a Microsoft IT Academy Program member;

• Main campus Associate Degree of Nursing and Medical Assisting programs are authorized by the Ohio Board of Regents.

Fortis College in Centerville is registered by the State Board of Career Colleges and Schools, license number 05-09-1789T. For campus specific information, call 937-433-3410.

About Fortis
A post-secondary network of colleges and institutes that engages students in experiential learning and training programs, Fortis delivers focused individual career education experiences: Your Life. Powered by Learning. The Fortis network offers career-based certificate, diploma and degree-granting programs at more than 40 schools in 15 states. Fortis College and Institute campuses prepare students for careers in healthcare, business and technology and various trades. Fortis also offers online learning platforms for many of its programs. Each Fortis campus is accredited by a nationally recognized body. Program offerings and accreditations vary by campus. 

Fortis is affiliated with the Denver School of Nursing, St. Paul’s School of Nursing and All-State Career School. For consumer disclosure information, visit to learn more about Fortis educational opportunities.