Some people just aren't into ceremonies and events -- why do some people marry in jeans at the courthouse, and others have to have a $20,000 wedding? Different strokes ...
I was pinned when I graduated from my diploma program, back in the Dark Ages, haha) -- a couple other students and I had had to take leaves of absence during the program, for various reasons, and were not able to graduate with our original cohort, so some of the nursing faculty put together a little, informal (but still official!
) pinning ceremony for us in a classroom -- it was a complete surprise to us, and v. sweet of the faculty to do.
When I returned to school many years later to complete a BSN, I did not
attend the pinning ceremony. My thinking was that my original diploma program and pinning was what made me a nurse, and completing the BSN was primarily an academic exercise (I only did it to be able to go to grad school). To me, pinning is sorta like getting baptized -- once you've done it once
, it makes no sense to do it again. I also did not "approve" of how they were going to do the ceremony. It turned out that in the preparation for commencement, I had been voted the "Outstanding Graduate" award by the faculty, but when they found out I wasn't planning on attending pinning (where the various awards would be announced), some of them got v. huffy about it and revoked my award and gave it to someone else (one of the faculty members, a mentor of mine, was so offended by this that she "broke ranks" and told me about it). I was so offended by that action that I have never donated a penny to them or participated in the alum association, although I've been generous and active with my other two schools! (ETA: I did
march in the commencement exercises -- just didn't attend the separate pinning ceremony. As I said, I thought of this as an academic exercise rather than a nursing exercise.)
When I finished grad school, there was no separate pinning ceremony -- we were simply handed the pin when we were handed our degrees.
Whenever I'm asked about attending commencement or pinning ceremonies, I always encourage people to go, though -- it's only a couple hours or so out of your life -- if, later, you feel like it wasn't worth the effort, you haven't really lost much. But, if you decide later that you wish you had
participated, there's no way to go back and do it over ...