BN Students' Pinning Ceremony

Our pinning ceremony formalizes your transition from student to professional nurse

Congratulations Class of 2021

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

Watch this space for more details and please check your email for further information.

Please email us if you have any questions at

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.

The ceremony will look a little different but we are working hard to make it a memorable experience for you and your family to enjoy and participate in. In addition to the formal program, there will also be a chance for you to mingle with friends via the chat or one of the many open breakout rooms both before and after the formal program.

To receive your nursing pin in time for the ceremony, please make sure to RSVP and submit your address by Thursday May, 20, 2021. 

If you cannot attend, your pin will still be mailed once you have provided us with a mailing address. Please let us know you won't be there and where we should send your pin via the link sent to your email.

Check your or inbox for more information on how to submit your address.

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.