2023 Pinning Ceremony Class Photo

BN Students' Pinning Ceremony

Our pinning ceremony formalizes your transition from student to professional nurse

Students today, alumni tomorrow, nurses forever

A pinning ceremony is a traditional part of many nursing institutions’ graduating events. The ceremony formalizes the transition from student to professional nurse. The tradition itself has roots back to the 12th century but is 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 future in the profession.

At UCalgary Nursing, the Pinning Ceremony celebrates this key milestone with our new graduates, their family and friends. It’s an important tradition and one we’re proud to be a part of since 2018.

2019 Class Pin

Photo by Adrian Shellard

Please email us if you have any questions at nconnect@ucalgary.ca

Registration details in your emails

Details to register and mailing your pin if you're unable to attend have been sent by email. 

Please check your UCalgary email  (or the one where you received your pin confirmation) for links and more info.


10:00 Coffee and mingle
10:15 Take your seats
10:20 Welcome remarks from Dean Sandra Davidson and Chaltu Abdulrhman, BN'21, Nursing Alumni vice-president
10:30 Procession and pin presentation
11:15 Nursing Pledge and Class photo


On May 29, the Faculty of Nursing held its Pinning Ceremony at EEEL, the first-time back in-person for the full program since COVID. Students read their International Council of Nurses' Pledge and celebrated with family, friends and classmates before attending convocation. 


On May 30, the Faculty of Nursing hosted graduands and their families before the convocation ceremony in Professional Faculties and students picked up their Class of 2022 nursing pins, enjoyed treats and alumni swag and mingled with each other.


In 2021, June convocation was held virtually and November convocation was in-person but we continued to suspend the in-person Pinning Ceremony. 

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.

UCalgary Nursing 2021 class pin


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.