Capping night, Portland, 1953

Contributed by Northern Light Mercy Hospital


The capping ceremony was a rite of passage for nursing students, a ritual that symbolized dedication to the nursing profession. At Mercy Hospital, after six months of study and the successful completion of a preclinical training period, nurses were awarded their caps at a formal ceremony.

The students pictured in this photograph are, Beverly Dodge Bowens, Kathleen Flanagan McManus, Nancy Mason Gallagher, and Doris Carnigan Cyr.

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  • Title: Capping night, Portland, 1953
  • Creator: Mercy Hospital
  • Creation Date: 1953-03-08
  • Subject Date: 1953-03-08
  • Location: Portland, Cumberland County, ME
  • Media: Photographic print
  • Dimensions: 10.2 cm x 10.2 cm
  • Collection: Mercy Hospital Historic Archive
  • Object Type: Image

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Northern Light Mercy Hospital
175 Fore River Parkway, Portland, ME 04102
(207) 879-3000

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