PIKEVILLE – The University of Pikeville College of Arts and Sciences honored 17 new social workers during the second annual pinning ceremony.
Students were pinned by social work faculty during a special candle-lit ceremony recognizing their commitment to higher education and service required in preparation for professional social work practice.
“The second annual pinning of social work graduates is a special and intimate celebration of the years of challenging course work and the 8,200 hours of service these amazing graduates have provided to our community during the past year,” said Genesia Kilgore-Bowling, director of the social work program. “The ceremony also serves as a public commitment to the profession which signals that they are now ready to serve our world as knowledgeable and skilled change agents.”
The mission of UPIKE’s social work program is to enhance the institution’s mission by providing Eastern Kentucky and other rural Appalachian regions with entry-level professional social workers who are knowledgeable, ethical, competent and educated in the tradition of generalist social work.