The University of Pikeville College of Arts and Sciences honored 13 new professional social workers, including three from Letcher County, during an inaugural 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 inaugural pinning of social work graduates is an important milestone in the life of our graduates, the history of our social work program and the history of the University of Pikeville. It is the celebration of many years of hard work and service and signals a readiness of the graduates to serve in positions of public trust as knowledgeable and skilled changed agents,” said Genes i a Kilgore-Bowling, director of the social work program.
UPIKE says the mission of its 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.