Disappointed in Pinning "Ceremony" - page 4

Attended Univ's. Nothing special about it. Graduates wore street clothes and their parents or sig. other put their pins on them. Where in heaven did that idea come from? Had slide show of grads.... Read More

  1. by   healingtouchRN
    I went to my alma mater's class grad this week (a high school) & was moved by the excitement. I wondered who would be future co-workers, politicians, teachers, all the important things that make our town! it was so moving I cried. My nephew & many kids from church graduated & I jumped up & down for them! :roll I know how proud their parents were. Just had to mention this!!!
  2. by   Katnip
    Well, we had our pinning and Commencement yesterday.

    We wore graduation gowns, like I said earlier. Faculty wore full regalia. We chose which instructor we wanted to pin us. Several students got up to make some nostalgiac speeches which brought tears to everyone's eyes.

    Grad students got hooded or picked up their certificates.

    It was really pretty well done. But no, we had no say whatsoever in how it was going to go. It would have been nice to have had a capping ceremony. But one, no one makes our school caps "flossies" they're called, anymore, and two, we have way too many men. I don't know what they would do for capping.

    The afternoon ceremony was where we got our diplomas with the entire school. And wonder of wonders, the newly graduated docs turned and tipped their caps to the graduating nurses! That may be the last time a doc shows us any respect.

    It was nice, but somehow they managed to muck up the diplomas and we had to get them straightened out after.
  3. by   Tweety
    That actually sounds pretty nice.

    We did the old walk with the candles, nursing uniforms and pledge etc. and I thought it rather too cheesy.

    To each his/her own I guess.
  4. by   fab4fan
    LOL...please tell me your school's caps aren't called "flossies." In my area, a "flossie" refers to a particular portion of the female anatomy!
  5. by   Katnip
    LOL. Nope, they are truly are caled Flossies. They are from a pattern Florence Nightingale sent to the founder of the school, minus the chin ribbons. They were lacy, fluted things.
  6. by   KayNICUchsd
    My pinning ceremony was really beautiful and most of us were crying at some point!!! We wore white nursing dresses!! Many students wanted otherwise, but in the end we were all happy of the decision to stay traditional. It was in our church with beautiful flowers lining the whole place. We picked the faculty to be involved, and after we were pinned by our directors, we each received a beautiful calla lily. We had a speaker from our class that related our becoming nurses as a "gift" we will have and cherish all our lives. It was just really moving, and after four years with my fellow classmates, it just really meant alot and something I'll take with me forever!!!! To all you students out there, in the long run you may think the attire is "not in style", but you'll remember it I promise!!!
  7. by   CseMgr1
    Our class (of '81) graduated in a big church, marched to "Pomp and Circumstance", a member of the Junior Class sang The Theme From Mahogany ("Do You Know Where You're Going To?"..I still get chills every time I hear it), and the Director of the School pinned us and removed the black bands from our caps.

    I'm sorry that you did not get to have this moment. It meant a great deal to me, to be able to share mine with my family and friends. Like everything else, I guess tradition is is something that can be taken away...If it is taken for granted.
  8. by   Maxwell Smart
    Being an Aussie Bloke, I wasn't too happy about having to wear "fuschia" or to put it another way PINK to my graduation a couple of years back, equally wretched was the fact that we didn't get to wear mortar boards. What a gyp!!
  9. by   debralynn
    We just recently had our capping and pinning. We had to wear white dresses or skirts, white hose, shoes. We had two of our instructors put our caps on, then my favorite instructor pinned us. We then received a white rose; then we also had multi colored roses to give to our family members. We received our lamps with candles, said our Florence Nightg. prayer. I am 44, my mom and dad was there, along with 2 of my 3 sisters, and my daughter. My dad made me cry. He wanted this for me probably more than I did. When I saw him crying when I handed him his rose, I lost it. That is something I won't soon forget, how proud he was of me. He told me he felt like he went to school with me. We then had a lovely reception in the church's fellowship hall. We also had a motivational speaker of the classes choosing. He was awesome. We were told we had the largest gathering of family members of any class so far. We also had a cap and gown ceremony the night before. All in all, I would have to give my ceremonies a 10!
  10. by   Teshiee
    Even though I hate wearing white but in this case where we are gradutes I think it would have been appropriate to keep the tradition alive. But it was a vote so what can you do? I guess they were so sick of wearing white during clinicals the last thing they wanted to do is wear white at their graduation. Times are changing. I was so pleased that my nursing school did not make us wear white uniforms but white gowns to cover our street clothes so at least we were at sync.
  11. by   brooklynb
    I am graduating this May and our class is wearing whites because that is what we all have to wear to clinicals. It is school policy and we didn't vote, that is just how it has always been done at our school. We are BSN students and at the hospital where we do our clinicals, all RN's are required to wear whites... I am not sure about LPN's but it is a very traditional hospital and school. We are all wearing our caps by choice because it is tradition and some of us are even wearing white dress uniforms as they always have at our school up until the mid 90's. I guess we are just all old fashioned but it is so nice walking down the hall and looking at 30 plus years of graduates on the wall in their whites and caps. It is tradition at our school and patients in the hospital never have trouble finding a nurse when they need one.

    Okie Nurse Student


    We never know how high we are til we are called to rise,
    And if our stature's true to form we shall touch the sky.
    Emily Dickinson

  12. by   imenid37
    Cyberkat you must be a fellow Uof MD grad! I don't have my cap from there because they did not give them to us in the RN-BSN program. I have a dear little ruffled maid's hat w/ a black and red stripe from my community college where I recieved my ADN. I doubt that school still gives out caps either. The flossies were very pretty. I'd like to have one to display, but not to wear!
    Last edit by imenid37 on Jan 28, '04
  13. by   Alnamvet
    We had a pinning ceremony....required uniform was the humiliating morgue attendant attire in vomit green...only school in the Miami area whose student nurses looked like psych ward heavies. Needless to say, all the men in the class did not attend.
    As for previous posts referencing cute white uniform dresses and caps, I bet the guys were a picture of the new professional nurse...sheeeshhh

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