BN Pinning Ceremony

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 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.

2019 Class Pin

Photo by Adrian Shellard

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

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


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.