We had our dedication ceremony last night

  1. I guess a lot of schools don't do these. It's like the old pinning ceremony. Dress uniform, hat, etc. It was pretty cool to see my whole class looking like nurses. I didn't have any family there, so for me it was just another of those things you have to do for school...would have meant more if any of them had been able to be there. We received our lamp and second year pin. Awards were given out (not to me!) and honor society induction was done also. Does anyone else still have a pinning ceremony?
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  3. by   JudithL_in_NH
    Congrats, memphispanda!

    It sounds like it was a lovely ceremony, and meaningful to you.

    Sometimes I wish there was a bit more "ritual" to our lives . . . seems when I was a kid there were a lot such things---marking pasages and transitions in our lives, and things to be proud of-- to attend and look forward to, and I did used to enjoy them!

    I'm still awaiting admission, so I don't yet know whether the school I hope to go to goes in for such ceremonies. I have been told that at graduation (this is a community college) the ADN students celebrate the loudest!
  4. by   Jennerizer
    We have a pinning ceremony. I just started the program...so I have a long way to go to reach it.

    Sounds like you had a good time. Do you feel prepared to be a nurse??
  5. by   RNIAM
    we also had something like this but we don't. It would be nice to feel as if we were getting closer. It sounds like it was a beautiful moment and one to cherish.
  6. by   Love-A-Nurse
    wow, sounds delightful! yes, the school has a pinning ceremony each may. yours sounds like a wonderful thing for others school to start doing.
  7. by   DIPLOMATICRN4HIRE
    We had our pinning ceremony and during the entire pinning I was crying. I thought back to all that I had been through and what was ahead of me and the tears of accomplishment flowed.

    Be very Proud of yourself, even though in your eyes you werent Honored you were. If no one has told you just how Proud of you were then I will. Im glad that you will one day walk beside me as we walk down the halls of patient care and with compassion and knowledge in your heart. Im Proud that you stood steadfast and overcame all that this has put before you. Im Proud that you looked it in the eye and surpassed even your own abilities. Im Proud that You have chosen to Enter the Profession and will one day Care for someone who needs your care and compassion.

    Do not think that you had no family there, as you stood up and recieved your pin and your lamp Your family was beside you recieving theirs.... You will be no closer to anyone like you are close to your classmates. You have a common bond that nothing will break.
    Just my thoughts
    Zoe
  8. by   memphispanda
    Zoe--I think your post actually touched me more than that ceremony did. Thank you.
  9. by   bossynurse
    We had a pinning ceremony, everyone in white. Each grad got to choose a person to pin them. My mom pinned me. It was a really nice ceremony. Then after the ceremony they served us cake and punch and cookies,
  10. by   cakarol
    umm...we do something called a capping ceremony...is that the same thing? it's more just like a "tradition". The second year students of my program (LPN) had theirs in september....it was really nice. we (1st year students) were a part of it and i boo hooed a bit myself...it was so nice...with the capping and lighting of their candles and reciting their pledge...i'll cry through my whole ceremony when i get to experience it....and it's nice that they involve the first year class....

    -Claire
  11. by   nursbee04
    We have a pinning ceremony too. We wear white dresses and our caps (I just love those caps, wouldn't want to wear them everyday, but still...) and receive the long awaited pin. After the way I boohoo'd through my high school grad, I'm afraid to think of how my pinning ceremony will go. Three more semesters till mine, but I am sooo looking forward to it!!

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