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King Nursing Graduates Honored During Pinning Ceremony

April 26, 2019

BRISTOL, Tenn., April 26, 2019 — Family and friends recently gathered at First Presbyterian Church of Bristol and at West Park Baptist Church in Knoxville to honor about 100 King University School of Nursing graduates during traditional pinning ceremonies.

The celebrations honored those graduating from King’s main campus in Bristol and from King University-Knoxville and included a prayer for the healing power of each graduate’s hands and a lighting of lamps to represent God’s endless love.

“Pinning originated with Florence Nightingale in 1855 and has become a rite of passage for graduating nursing students,” said Tracy Slemp, dean of King’s School of Nursing. “We look forward to this special occasion to pray for our graduations and recognizes the rich gifts of accomplishment that come from discipline and dedication.”

Each graduate was presented with a King nursing pin that includes the university logo and a Celtic cross with white wings. The pin was designed by the university’s first nursing graduates in 2001 and represents power, bravery, and God’s endless love. Those earning master’s degrees also participated in a hooding ceremony.

Dr. Slemp and faculty members Susan Adams, Amy Edmison, Rhonda Morgan, Mica Brown, Jessica Price, Sheri McRae and Sherry Love participated in the ceremony. Nursing students also will be among the 350 graduates who will be honored Saturday, April 27, during King University’s spring Commencement exercises. The 10 a.m. ceremony will be held on the Campus Oval and will feature retired Professor of English Craig McDonald as guest speaker.

King University’s School of Nursing offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in a traditional four-year format, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Nursing for Registered Nurses one night per week. The Master of Science in Nursing program includes specialization areas in Nursing Administration, Nurse Educator, Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Educator – Post Master’s Certificates.

The School of Nursing programs are fully approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing. The baccalaureate degree, master’s degree, and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs at King University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

King University is a Presbyterian-affiliated, doctoral-level comprehensive university accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, master, and doctoral degrees. 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; for questions related to accreditation, contact SACSCOC at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA. 30033-4097, or call 404.679.4500. 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 in Virginia. King’s primary location in Virginia is Southwest Virginia Community College, 724 Community College Rd, Cedar Bluff, VA 24609.