BN Students' Pinning Ceremony

Our pinning ceremony formalizes your transition from student to professional nurse

Congratulations UCalgary Nursing Class of 2021

UCalgary Nursing Class of 2021

Class of 2021 Nursing Pins

Due to the increasing instances of COVID-19 in Alberta and those on the UCalgary campus, we've cancelled our 2021 in-person nursing pin distribution. All pins will be mailed and a virtual pinning ceremony was held online before the official convocation ceremony on June 10.

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UCalgary Nursing 2021 class pin

UCalgary Nursing Virtual Pinning Celebration

Thursday, June 10, 2021
5:30 p.m.- 6 p.m. MST
Online via Zoom

While we are unable to celebrate with a big in-person event, we know that receiving your pin is an important milestone which we are excited to celebrate with you.

If you did not attend, we can still mail out your pin once you have provided us with a mailing address. Please let us know where we should send your pin via the link sent to your email.

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2019 Class Pin

Photo by Adrian Shellard

Students today, alumni tomorrow, nurses forever

A pinning ceremony is a traditional part of many nursing institutions’ graduating events. The pinning formalizes the transition from student to professional nurse. The tradition itself has roots back to the 12th century but is more typically associated with Florence Nightingale, considered the founder of modern nursing, who presented medals of excellence to exemplary nursing graduates at her London school.

By the early 20th century, it became standard in North America to award all nursing graduates a pin to celebrate their successes as students and their futures in the profession.


In 2020, we went virtual for both June and November convocation and there was no Pinning Ceremony. See all the stories and digital yearbook and video messages below.