UPIKE social work students honored

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – The University of Pikeville-College of Arts and Sciences honored nine new social workers during the fifth annual pinning ceremony on May 3, 2019, in Booth Auditorium on UPIKE’s campus.

Students were pinned by social work faculty during a special ceremony recognizing their commitment to higher education and preparation for professional social work practice.

“The fifth annual pinning of social work graduates is a special celebration of the successful completion of challenging course work and hundreds of hours that these passionate young professionals have provided to our community during their undergraduate career,” said Genesia Kilgore-Bowling, Ph.D., director of UPIKE’s social work program. “The graduation of these students means that the UPIKE social work program has now provided the nation with 70 knowledgeable and skilled change agents who will work diligently to create a more just society and improve the quality of life of all they serve. Throughout their careers they will touch thousands of lives and the difference they will make is simply immeasurable.”

The mission of UPIKE’s social work program is to provide Eastern Kentucky and other rural Appalachian regions with entry-level professional social workers who are knowledgeable, ethical, competent and educated in the tradition of generalist social work.