King’s School of Nursing 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 and MSN.
Please monitor your King University email and Blackboard accounts regarding specific details that will be sent in advance of the graduation events. To RSVP or with any additional questions, contact Brenda Griffin at firstname.lastname@example.org (Bristol Pinning) or Doris Narro at email@example.com (Knoxville Pinning).
Please monitor your King University email accounts regarding specific details that will be sent in advance of the graduation events. To RSVP or with any additional questions, contact Brenda Griffin at
firstname.lastname@example.org (Bristol Pinning) or Doris Narro at email@example.com (Knoxville Pinning).
Bristol Ceremony – April 30
Time: Thursday, April 30th at 6pm
Location: First Presbyterian Church, 701 Florida Ave, Bristol TN
Knoxville Ceremony – April 28
Time: Tuesday, April 28th at 6pm
Location: West Park Baptist Church, 8833 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville, TN
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.