The heart of the ceremony — the presentation and lighting of lamps to represent Florence Nightingale.

Rolla Technical Center’s (RTC) Practical Nursing program held its 53rd annual Lamp Lighting Ceremony on Dec. 19 in the RTC Board Room.

Established in honor of Florence Nightingale, the Lamp Lighting Ceremony recognizes the students’ commitment to the nursing profession at the midpoint in their education — the point at which students start transitioning from learning theory to applying theory in the clinical setting. 

At the heart of the ceremony is the presentation and lighting of the lamps, which represent Florence Nightingale. The symbol of knowledge is the flame of the lamp that is lit by faculty to represent the passing of knowledge from faculty to students. 

The ceremony began with a recognition of perfect attendance and presentation of scholarships and came to an end with the lighting of the lamps by each of the 23 students in the 2020 class. 

The guest speaker at this year’s ceremony was Isaiah Henseler, LPN, a 2019 graduate of RTC’s LPN program. Henseler gave the students an inspirational talk with tips on how to finish the program successfully and achieve their dreams of becoming a nurse.

Students received a total of $14,000 in scholarships during the ceremony from four local scholarship funds.

Representatives from the MO-SCI Charitable Foundation, the Rolla Lioness Club and the Phelps Health Auxiliary and Volunteer Services, were on hand to present their scholarships to the students.