What is a Pinning Ceremony?

The Pinning Ceremony is a formal celebration traditional to the nursing profession that symbolically recognizes the candidate's entry into their professional nursing career. It is an event that is separate from the academic commencement ceremony. For our pinning ceremony, each student walks across the stage and receives a UTA Nursing Pin from someone special to them, while the student's brief thank-you message is read. At the end of our ceremony, our graduation candidates stand as a class and recite our nursing pledge. As students have expressed that this additional celebration is personally meaningful, we welcome the attendance of family and friends at this event. 


The UTA College of Nursing and Health Innovation's Nursing 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.

For More Information about Pinning Ceremonies

Wikipedia has pages about Nursing Pins and the original "Florence Nightingale" Nursing Pledge. Many nursing schools and colleges hold pinning ceremonies and post information about them online.