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Nursing Pinning Ceremony

King’s School of Nursing typically holds two pinning ceremonies per year, during the graduation celebrations for fall and spring. The ceremony is for Traditional nursing students as well as RN-BSN, MSN and DNP. During the Ceremony, MSN students will also be hooded by School of Nursing faculty.

Please monitor your King University email and Canvas accounts regarding specific details that will be sent in advance of the graduation events. To RSVP or ask any additional questions, contact Brenda Griffin at (Bristol Pinning) or Doris Narro at (Knoxville Pinning).


Please note: After much discussion, the traditional Nursing Pinning Ceremonies have been cancelled and elements of the Ceremony will be incorporated into the Spring Commencement.

To participate, you will need to reserve your cap and gown for commencement no later than March 5th and RSVP that you will be attending the commencement ceremony no later than March 19th.

If you wish to order your program-specific King University School of Nursing pin, you may do so at

Nursing pin orders should be placed by March 21st, as all orders will go into production, together, once the order deadline date arrives (note: having a School of Nursing pin is not a requirement to participate).

Pinning Ceremony History

The pinning ceremony is a time when all School of Nursing graduates come together with their families and friends to celebrate the student’s success.

The historically significant pinning ceremony is likened to the pinnacle for nurses and, for many, it is more memorable than graduation. One of King’s traditions for the ceremony has included a blessing of the hands and lighting of the Florence Nightingale lamps.

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 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.