Graduating students received their nursing pins during the pinning ceremony for associate degree nursing students at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield.

The pins signify the acceptance of the responsibilities that come with the practice of nursing and is a symbol of the "educational preparation of the wearer" to perform nursing duties.

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Stephanie Zollshan has been a photojournalist for The Berkshire Eagle since 2011. She is a Boston University graduate whose work has been featured in publications around the world. Stephanie can be reached at