History of the Pinning Ceremony
The tradition of the nursing pin and the ceremonial pinning we know today, actually originated in the 1860’s at the Nightingale School of Nursing at St. Thomas Hospital in London. Having been recently awarded The Red Cross of St. George for her selfless service to the injured and dying in the Crimean War, Florence chose to extend this honor to her most outstanding graduate nurses by presenting each of them with a medal for excellence.
Stan State School of Nursing Pinning Ceremony
Students choose a significant person who assisted them in their journey in obtaining a BSN Degree. This person could be a faculty member, a parent, a friend – anyone that has had a significant impact on their life and their education, the person of significance accompanies the graduate on stage.
The recent graduates honor Florence Nightingale, founder of modern nursing, and vow to carry her ideals as they move forward in their careers by reciting the Nurses Pledge of Service.
On May 12, 2018, 420 guests, family members, and friends gathered together to witness 26 of the Accelerated Second Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ASBSN) degree students to receive their nursing pin during the pinning ceremony held at the Stanislaus State Stockton Center.
Students were greeted by the School of Nursing Director, Debra Tavernier, and the ASBSN Program Director, Janelle Culjis. Chosen by the students, Karen Ippolito was the faculty speaker during the ceremony and was left with closing remarks by the Dean of Science, David Evans.
All 26 students were granted with honors. Honors are awarded to students who have a GPA of 3.4 or higher.