Capping ceremony, Portland, ca. 1980


The Mercy Hospital School of Nursing operated from 1920 to 1987, and educated over 2,300 nurses.

After six months of study, successful completion of a preclinical training period culminated in the awarding of a distinctive training cap, presented at a formal ceremony. School regulations dictated that “When not in uniform, nurses wear their caps to the dining room as well as to the classroom."

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