When we did our pinning ceremony it was for the LPNs (approx 25) and RNs(approx 20). One year we had it in the school's performing arts auditorium but it ended up being too small for so many guests, the next year we requested it to be outside, the school did a nice set up with stage, podium, microphones, big screen, and chairs for nurses and guests.
The LPNs wore the school scrub uniforms worn to clinicals, white pants and green top and the RNs wore all white scrubs
During clinicals, classroom projects, study groups pictures were taken and given to the instructors on a disk a week before the ceremony with a choice of song. Instructors reviewed pictures and chose the most appropriate ones and did a slide show for each nursing group.
A few months before the ceremony, pin orders (optional) were taken and submitted, pin had school name, nursing program info etc. They were delivered to us prior to the ceremony and it was each students responsibilty to bring your pin that night. Not every student ordered a pin so that night they brought any pin of their choice: some had pins saying LPN or RN, some had birthstones, angels, etc..
That evening each student had an index card (flashcard) written on one side was your name on the other side was a little saying, who you wanted to give thanks to for their support, etc..
A thick ribbon strand was given to each student (light blue for LPNs and dark blue for RNs = not sure of the significance of the colors, could have been school colors???) The ribbon was looped so you can place your pin but have enough room to be able to place the ribbon over your head (like a necklace).
Students gathered in a room, lined up and walked down the aisle to the song played during graduations ????, and sat up front; the director of nursing program spoke, introduced key guests/instructors/faculty; a ceremony speaker was invited from healthcare (CEOs, Directors, etc) they spoke; a student (representative) from the group spoke and introduced slide show; slide show played; program coordinator spoke and introduced students; as students walked on stage they were given a lamp, some do candles, the index card was given to the coordinator as he read from your card you walked across the stage with your ribbon and gave it to your instructor of choice so they can place it on you; shake hands with others on stage and take a place on stage forming a semicircle, once everyone in place the lamps or candles were lit by an instructor or two depending on group size and the Florence Nightingale pledge was recited. Group walks off stage, closing remarks by director of nursing program, cake cookies and punch were offered.
Some students went out to eat with family afterwards, some had get- togethers at their house, after the ceremony everybody did their own thing.
Hope this helps and gives you some ideas. Congratulations on completing the program, and best of luck to you!!!!!