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King University Honors Nursing Students during Pinning Ceremonies

BRISTOL, Tenn., Dec. 9, 2016 – King University nursing students, faculty, and guests gathered together for the School of Nursing’s traditional Nurse’s Pinning ceremonies on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at West Park Baptist Church near King’s Hardin Valley campus in Knoxville and on Thursday, Dec. 8 at First Presbyterian Church adjacent to the University’s main campus in Bristol, Tenn.

Master of Science in Nursing graduates were in attendance along with the traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing and RN-BSN graduates at both ceremonies.

“Pinning is a time of ceremony to recognize and celebrate the rich gifts of accomplishment and success as a result of discipline and dedication,” says Rhonda Morgan, DNP RN, interim dean of King’s School of Nursing. “Pinning, as a rite of passage in nursing education originated with Florence Nightingale, who in 1855, received an honorary pin for her service during the Crimean War awarded by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. King Nursing School graduates received the King University Nursing Pin, which is unique to King and was designed by the first nursing school graduates in 2001. King’s nursing pin bears symbols of power, bravery, and eternity of God’s love, along with the Celtic Cross. Faculty, family, and friends celebrated alongside the students as those graduating with their degree in Nursing were presented with this special pin from King’s School of Nursing.”

Students receiving their master’s degree in nursing were hooded at the ceremony. Hooding is an academic ceremony that has held throughout centuries to be symbolic of scholarly devotion and the orderly evolution of knowledge. The master’s hood compliments the academic regalia with discreet representations of the degree earned, the school, and the discipline.

The pinning ceremony marks a special time in the lives of graduates, faculty, community, family and friends as one that will long be remembered and reflected upon as a beginning as well as the end of a journey.


King University is a Presbyterian-affiliated, doctoral-level comprehensive university. Founded in 1867 as King College, the University offers more than 90 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in fields such as business, nursing, law, medical and health sciences, pharmacy, education, and humanities. Graduate programs are offered in business administration, education, and nursing. A number of research, off-campus learning opportunities, and travel destinations are also available. King University is a NCAA Division II and a Conference Carolinas member with 25 varsity sports. For more information about King University, visit King University does not discriminate against academically qualified students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, or disability. King University is certified by SCHEV to operate locations in Virginia. For more information on SCHEV certification, contact the King University office at Southwest Virginia Community College, 309 College Road, Richlands, VA 24641.