Pinning Ceremony

The nurse pinning ceremony is a time-honored tradition when nursing faculty present newly-graduating nurses with a pin identifying the school from which they graduated. The ceremonial pinning is a symbolic welcome to each nursing graduate entering the nursing profession, and it is largely considered to be the most meaningful event by both graduates and their families.  While many customs and traditions in nursing have been abandoned over the years, the pinning of graduates with a symbolic medal of honor has continued.

The first nursing pin at GSW was designed by the first six graduates from the nursing program in 1956. An addition to the pin was later added to represent the baccalaureate degree; however, the original design of the pin was retained.

Students may plan a pinning ceremony to be held prior to or immediately after graduation exercises. A nursing faculty member will be appointed to serve as faculty-student liaison and will provide guidance to the students in planning for the ceremony. The School of Nursing does not fund any pinning ceremony costs that are incurred.

A pinning ceremony will be held prior to or immediately after graduation exercises. A nursing faculty member will be appointed to serve as faculty-student liaison.

 

2013 Pinning Ceremony