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King University News :: King University School of Nursing Pinning Ceremony set for Dec. 12

On Thursday, Dec. 12, King University nursing students and faculty will gather together for the School of Nursing’s traditional Nurses Pinning ceremony. The ceremony will take place in King’s Memorial Chapel on the Bristol campus beginning at 6 p.m.

“There is a lot of historical significance to the pinning ceremony; it is like the pinnacle for nurses and, for many, it is more memorable than graduation,” said Teresa M. Stephens, PhD, MSN, RN, assistant professor of Nursing for King University. “One of King’s traditions for the ceremony includes a blessing of the hands. It is a time when all School of Nursing graduates come together with their families and friends to celebrate the student’s success.”

Family and Friends will celebrate alongside the students as those graduating with their degree in Nursing are presented with a special pin from King’s School of Nursing faculty as they are welcomed into the nursing profession.

Jordan Smith graduated from King’s School of Nursing in May 2013 with his Bachelor of Science in Nursing. He said of his experience during the spring 2013 pinning ceremony, “The pinning ceremony was not only a time to celebrate the accomplishment of graduating nursing school but also a time to look forward to the journey on which we as nursing students were about to embark. I was overcome with a sense of pride, excitement, and anticipation.  It was an honor to celebrate that milestone in our lives with the professors who had prepared us for our careers and with whom we would not only call mentors but also colleagues.”

Each school’s nursing program bestows a pin distinctive to their own school. King University’s School of Nursing pin, like the distinguished 13th century coat of arms, signifies pride in individual achievement. The pin engenders in students a deep-seated responsibility and devotion to the School. It also carries traditional symbols understood clearly only by the School’s graduates. The nursing students in the first graduating class designed King’s School of Nursing pin.

The pinning is associated with Florence Nightingale, who, in the 1860’s, was honored with the Red Cross of St. George for her selfless efforts to injured men during the Crimean War. Because she believed in acknowledging a job well done, she presented a medal of excellence to her hardest working nursing graduates. By 1916, it became standard in the United States to award all nursing graduates with a pin during a special ceremony.

The King University School of Nursing pinning ceremony will take place on Thursday, Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. in the Memorial Chapel on the Bristol campus.


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