Flathead Valley Community College is celebrating milestones Friday night as they graduate 458 students at their 44th commencement. Equally impressive is the number of nursing students receiving their pins.

Twenty-seven students from around the Flathead Valley and surrounding communities received their FVCC pin, a long standing nursing tradition started by Florence Nightingale.

In the program's 5 year history, this is also the largest practical nursing class the college has seen. During the pinning ceremony, keynote speaker and nursing staff member Joyce Norton gave the students some wise advice about their future careers.

"Nursing is physically, mentally, and emotionally demanding. Most jobs are one or the other. You will have great job security and an adequate income. No small thing in this day in age," she explained, "Nursing is probably one of the most stable, recession proof jobs you can have. Nurses are always in need."

Nursing students and their fellow grads lined up and received their diplomas at the Flathead County Fairgrounds on Friday evening.