Pinning Ceremony

students at white coat ceremony

History of the Pinning Ceremony

The tradition of the nursing pin and the ceremonial pinning we know today, actually originated in the 1860's at the Nightingale School of Nursing at St. Thomas Hospital in London. Having been recently awarded The Red Cross of St. George for her selfless service to the injured and dying in the Crimean War, Florence chose to extend this honor to her most outstanding graduate nurses by presenting each of them with a medal for excellence.  

Stan State School of Nursing Pinning Ceremony

Students choose a significant person who assisted them in their journey in obtaining a BSN Degree.  This person could be a faculty member, a parent, a friend – anyone that has had a significant impact on their life and their education, the person of significance accompanies the graduate on stage.

The recent graduates honor Florence Nightingale, founder of modern nursing, and vow to carry her ideals as they move forward in their careers by reciting the International Council of Nurses Pledge.