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King’s School of Nursing holds two pinning ceremonies per year, during the graduation
celebrations for fall and spring. The ceremony is for Traditional nursing students
as well as RN-BSN and MSN. Please monitor your King University email and Blackboard
accounts regarding specific details that will be sent in advance of the graduation
events. To RSVP or with any additional questions, contact Brenda Griffin at firstname.lastname@example.org (Bristol Pinning) or Doris Narro at email@example.com (Knoxville Pinning).
Knoxville Ceremony: Tuesday, April 24th at 6 p.m.
West Park Baptist Church
8833 Middlebrook Pike
Bristol Ceremony: Thursday, April 26th at 6 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church
701 Florida Ave
Knoxville Ceremony: Tuesday, December 4th at 6 p.m.
Bristol Ceremony: Thursday, December 6th at 6 p.m.
The pinning ceremony is a time when all School of Nursing graduates come together
with their families and friends to celebrate the student’s success. The historically
significant pinning ceremony is likened to the pinnacle for nurses and, for many,
it is more memorable than graduation. One of King’s traditions for the ceremony has
included a blessing of the hands and lighting of the Florence Nightingale lamps.
Each school’s nursing program bestows a pin distinctive to their own school. King
University’s School of Nursing pin, like the distinguished 13th century coat of arms, signifies pride in individual achievement. The nursing students
in the first graduating class designed King’s School of Nursing pin.
The pinning is associated with Florence Nightingale, who, in the 1860’s, was honored
with the Red Cross of St. George for her selfless efforts to injured men during the
Crimean War. Because she believed in acknowledging a job well done, she presented
a medal of excellence to her hardest working nursing graduates. By 1916, it became
standard in the United States to award all nursing graduates with a pin during a special