Pinning ceremony - page 2

Hi guys Just wanted to know if everyone is having a pinning ceremony. For some reason our school does not do it anymore due to students not showing up for the graduation ceremony. If we chose to... Read More

  1. by   Angelica
    My school has a pinning ceremony. I would be just as happy if they didn't, since I'm not much into ceremonies (I got married at Circus Circus in Vegas).
  2. by   CountrifiedRN
    I've never heard of getting a black band. What is it symbolic of?

    Angelica - Circus Circus is a cool place!
  3. by   GPatty
    We had one. It was held in a nearby town, in their gymnasium. My Mom came from northern Ohio, my best friend came from northern Ohio, and the biggest most wonderful surprise of brother came from Georgia! (He was part of my graduation present....hadn't seen him in a coule of years, so that was the best!)
    We all dressed in white (supposed to be scrubs or nursing uniform~and I'd like to see some of the girls working in what they wore! LOL!)
    We all walked across the stage and were introduced and pinned. I cried, my hubby cried, my Mom cried and my bro was the loudest yeller of all!
    We carried candles and as we came off stage, we surrounded the auditorium, lit the candles as a beautiful song played.....
    Very traditional, very touching....
    Wouldn't have traded that night for anything!
  4. by   Vsummer1
    We have one, but I dont' know the details. All I know is we started fund raising to pay for it. I guess we must pay for the pins as well as anything else we want as the school won't provide anything.
  5. by   Dr. Kate
    Got my AA and BSN from different campuses of the same school. For both pinning was separate from graduation. When I got my AA the dean of the program pinned each one of us and gave us a rose. In the BSN ceremony, each graduate had someone special pin them. My Mom (an RN) pinned me, and even now I get weepy over that one (which really was superfluous in my case, though the pins were different.)
    I don't see too many people wear their pins these days. I did for years but stopped because the clasp was loose and my original pin was only used for 3 years and I will not lose it.

    It seems to me, it wouldn't be all that hard to have your own ceremony. There really is something special about that acknowledgment that you made it.
  6. by   essarge
    Our school has a "progression" ceremony at the sophomore level...kind of a "way to go" celebration. They are given Lantern pins. As seniors they have the traditional pinning ceremony on Saturday night and graduation on Sunday (I will undoubtedly have a hangover!! LOL!). But it's all very nice. I wish that they would "cap" us also...tradition is a wonderful thing and should not be left by the wayside!
  7. by   Stargazer
    Our pinning ceremony was held a few hours before the university graduation ceremony. It was in the campus chapel, but I don't believe there was any religious service involved. We all wore white nursing uniforms and caps. I had to borrow a cap because I had transferred to this school from a college that didn't issue caps any more!

    I really don't remember whether we were given or carried roses. I remember that 2 of my classmates wrote and sang an original song they'd written specifically for the occasion. As a class, we had voted on which of our instructors we wanted as a guest speaker. She gave a rather--ahem--bracing speech about the state of the profession and what we would be facing. (As I walked out with my family, my oldest brother--sarcastic bastard that he is--said dryly, "Well, that certainly added a note of gritty realism.") Then we all came up one at a time and got our pins, and then had a group picture taken.

    (Afterwards, there was a reception which I attended only briefly. Most of us ended up rushing off to dinner with our families before the main graduation. A few of us might've had a drink or two with dinner--we were pretty damn rowdy before and during the actual ceremony. All the music and engineering and liberal arts wonks kept turning around to stare at us disbelievingly, like, what is WRONG with these people? It was hilarious.)

    I love my pin. I used to wear it on my hospital badge along with my 5-year pin, and people often commented on it.
    Last edit by Stargazer on Jan 21, '03
  8. by   hey_nurse
    My school had a pinning ceremony the day before graduation. I t was very nice. We were asked to have a special person in our lives pin us. I asked my husband and my Mom to pin me. It was very emotional and a great memory.
  9. by   RainbowSkye
    Black banding refers to getting a black band for your nursing cap. At my school we had no band for our freshman year, a narrow band for our junior year and a wide band for our senior year. Our bands were velvet and were worn horizontally at the top of the cap. When we graduated we went back to a cap with no band. Go figure. Haven't worn that cap in over 25 years, but I still have it somewhere.
  10. by   essarge
    I found this at a website ( while I was "surfing"...hope this answers some of your questions about stripes on caps

    Many, but not all, nurses' caps had coloured bands which indicated level of training. At the Hamilton and District Regional School of Nursing, for example, first year students wore white bands (1999.267.35), second year students, pink bands (1999.267.37), and graduates, black bands (1999.267.36). Black invariably indicated the graduate nurse, while other colours were used to indicate the first and second year of training. Some say that the black band was introduced as a memorial to Florence Nightingale. The use of bands may also have had its origin in the bands or stripes on military uniforms, and certainly the graduate black had a military look. But interestingly, undergraduate colours such as pink, turquoise or yellow were more traditionally feminine.

    There are several reasons why nurses' caps, along with the rest of the uniform, began to disappear in the 1970s. As nursing became more professionalized, nurses wanted to identify more with doctors and other professionals who wore no uniform. At the same time, hospitals started employing ward aides and nursing assistants, who were also outfitted with caps, and subsequently the authority of the graduate nurse's cap was eroded.

    In the 1960s to 1980s, hospital schools of nursing gave way to community college and university schools. The apprenticeship system of teaching, with its ritualized progress through the ranks, no longer dominated nursing education, and thus the cap lost much of its symbolic meaning as a signifier of achievement at various levels.

    Male nurses have never worn caps. In recent years nursing leaders have tried to encourage more men to enter nursing, and sex-specific uniforms conflict with the larger goal of attracting men to the profession.
  11. by   CountrifiedRN
    Thanks, RainbowSkye, for the explanation of what a band is, and essarge for the history behind them.

    When I saw the posts about the black bands, I wasn't even associating them with the nursing caps. For some reason I was picturing a band you wear around your arm?!?

    Sounds like it was a nice tradition, and I never knew that the stripes on the caps denoted level of training. Pretty interesting.
  12. by   tarynleming
    Quote from nrselisa
    We have a pinning ceremony (May 13th) and graduation (May 19). The pinning ceremony is supposed to be very emotional. I'm looking forward to it, but dread the amount of work that I have to do between now & then!
    hi i just joined this site today and i have a pinning ceremony today and do not know what to say please help
  13. by   SoulShine75
    Well, I think if you could find time and money to devote to their school for 2 + years, then they could give you one night in your honor that doesn't involve the entire college, geez! I got pinned last Friday night (YAY!). It was so emotional for all of us. We all dressed up (not in our whites!) and there was a speech from our class prez & the director of the nursing program...then we watched a slidewhow that me and my friend from school put together, which you can check out on my blog (see my stats for the address). After the slideshow (I think) we were given our pins then said the Nightengale pledge and that was that. OH..and afterwards we had a reception and a meet a greet with cake, nuts and punch.

    It was very bittersweet and well worth it. I cried a lot, but I'm sappy like that. It's a special night for nursing only, and well deserved since it's the hardest program at the college. I hope you get to have one...let us know.