Fifteen Get Diplomas in Nursing.
The auditorium of the South Carolina State hospital was a lovely scene Friday evening when the graduating exercises of the School for Nurses of that institution were held. The state was beautifully and tastefully decorated with ferns, pot plants and lovely flowers of the season.
Diplomas were presented to 15 young women signifying that they had successfully completed the course of training mapped out for them, including two years and three months’ training at the State hospital and nine months affiliation with Roper hospital in Charleston.
The exercises were opened as the hospital orchestra played a march and overture, “The Bridal Rose.” Leading the procession were two graduate nurses of a previous class carrying the United States and South Carolina flags. Members of the medical staff and heads of the nurses’ school, with the speaker of the evening, took seats on the stage. A part of the center aisle in the auditorium was reserved for the members of the graduating class and the rising senior and junior classes of the school for nurses.
Dr. E. L. Horger, clinical director of the hospital, presided. THe invocation was offered by the Rev. William H. Stender, chaplain of the hospital.
An insiring address was delivered to the grauates by the Rev. John H. Webb. D.D., pastor of the First Baptist church of Columbia, whose theme was “Helping Humanity’s Hurts.”
The speaker divided his address into two parts, the first being informal, as he characterized it, with helpful suggestions to the nurses. The graduate nurse has a great task. She sees life’s realities and tragedies.
In the second or formal part of the address the Rev. Dr. Webb spoke of the temple of the human body as the greatest of all temples. He cited numerous scriptural passages to show that the care of the human body was stressed.
He said that the skilled physician and nurse were carrying on the great work that Jesus did when He was on this earth in ministering to disabled bodies and minds. He urged that the spirit of Christ be carried into every hospital and into the homes where the nurses are to go to alleviate pain and suffering. He also pleaded for the spiritual ministry among the nurses.
Doctor Horger presented the diplomas to the graduates, as no member of the board of regents was able to be present. He congratulated the members of the class on the successful completion of their work and wished them success in their profession.
Miss Beulah N. Gardner, superintendent of nurses of the State hospital, presented pins to the graduates and administered the beautiful Florence Nightingale pledge which is to guide the nurses in the practice of their profession.
Mrs. W. C. Able, on behalf of the Woman’s Auxiliary to the Columbia Medical association, presented a $10 gold piece to the nurse who had made the highest average in the three years’ training course.
This coveted honor was won by Mrs. Annie Arrant Bowling of Lykesland, who had an average of 92.13 during the three years.
The program was interspersed with musical selections by the hospital orchestra under direction of B. A. Gardner.
The benediction was pronounced by the Rev. W. H. Stender.
Following the program a reception and dance was held, proving a most enjoyable occasion. Delicious punch was served during the evening.
A large number of friends of the graduates and of the institution enjoyed the evening.
The colors of the class are pink and silver. The officers are; Miss Nora Ridlehoover, president; Mrs. Annie Arrants Bowling, vice president and Miss Cora Love, secretary and treasurer.
Members of the graduating class are: Annie Arrants Bowling, Lykesland; Bonnie Dale Cox, Conway; Susie Blanche Campbell, Blaney; May Crosby, Ruffin; Ruth Chappell, Bookman; Clara E. Fraley, Coward; Azilee Haltiwanger, Peak; Ruby Van Haltiwanger, Peak; Cora D. Love, Latta; Lottie Harriett Love, Latta; Juanita Essie Redmond, Swansea; Elizabeth Reynolds, Columbia; Nora Ridlehover, Saluda; Dell Curlee Snelgrove, Gilbert, and Nelle Ruth White, Columbia.