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King Nursing Graduates Honored During Pinning Ceremony

December 7, 2018
Nursing Pinning 2018
Family and friends gathered at First Presbyterian Church of Bristol to honor more than 50 King University School of Nursing graduates during a traditional pinning ceremony that included a prayer for the healing power of each graduate’s hands and a lighting of lamps to represent God’s endless love.
Nursing Pinning, Fall 2018

A similar ceremony was held Tuesday at West Park Baptist Church in Knoxville for those graduating with nursing degrees from King University-Knoxville.

“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. “This special ceremony is held prior to Commencement each semester to celebrate the tremendous success each student has achieved and to pray for them as they enter the nursing profession.”

Each graduating student was presented with a pin that is unique to King and 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 450 graduates who will be honored Saturday, Dec. 8, during King University’s fall Commencement ceremony. The 10 a.m. ceremony will be held at Viking Hall Civic Center.

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, Family Nurse Practitioner – Post Master’s Certificate, and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.

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 (


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