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Pinning Ceremony



Pinning Schedule:  map

AP:BSN - December TBD  (ewebb@uta.edu) - Texas Hall

BSN on campus - December TBD(hwoods@uta.edu)

RN-to-BSN - December TBD  (pamsmith@uta.edu Texas Hall



NOTE to students: You MUST pre-register in order to participate in the actual pinning ceremony. Contact the faculty advisor or the Administrative Assistant for your program for more information.


What is a Pinning Ceremony?

  • This is an intimate celebration/reception with family and friends that is in addition to the commencement ceremony. Each student walks across the stage and receives their BSN pin from someone special to them while a thank you message, written by the student, is read.
  • At the end of the ceremony, graduates stand as a class and recite the nursing pledge. Students have expressed that this additional celebration is a meaningful and symbolic way to recognize their entry into their professional nursing career.
  • The ceremony is usually 1 1/2 - 2 hours in length.
  • The ceremony is student-organized and each class is responsible for planning, coordinating, and funding their ceremony.The program and speakers are selected by a student committee selected to represent their class. 

The nursing pin is unique to each school, but the tradition is traced back to the Crusades of the 12th century. The modern ceremony dates back to the 1860s when Florence Nightingale was awarded the Red Cross of St George and in turn presented a pin to nursing graduates. By 1916, the practice of pinning new nursing graduates was standard throughout the United States.


The "Nightengale Pledge", which was actually written in 1893 by a committee at a training school for nurses in Detroit, has been dropped by most schools or replaced by a modified modern version expressing similar sentiments.


The College of Nursing and Health Innovation has adopted this version of the Nightengale pledge:

With full knowledge of the responsibilities I am undertaking, I pledge to care for my patients with all of the knowledge, skills, and understanding that I possess, without regard to race, color, creed, politics, or social status.

I will spare no effort to conserve meaningful life, to alleviate suffering, and to promote health.

I will refrain from any action which might be harmful to the quality of life or health of those I care for.

I will respect, at all times, the dignity and religious beliefs of the patients under my care, and hold in professional confidence all personal information entrusted to me.

I will endeavor to keep my professional knowledge and skills at the highest level and give my support and cooperation to all members of the health team.

With full awareness of my qualifications and limitations, I will do my utmost to maximize the potential of the nursing profession and to uphold and advance its standards.