BN Students' Pinning Ceremony

Our pinning ceremony formalizes your transition from student to professional nurse

Congratulations Class of 2020

Due to the increasing instances of COVID-19 in Alberta and those on the UCalgary campus, we will be cancelling our 2020 in-person nursing pin distribution. All pins will be mailed. 

If you signed up to pick up your pin, we regret the inconvenience and sorry we won't see you!  Please check your email for further information.

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UCalgary Nursing 2020 class pin
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.