Nursing Pinning Ceremony Videos

A student nurse receives her pin from Dr. Shannon Matthews, program director

Each year, on the Thursday before Spring Commencement, Methodist University Department of Nursing holds its Nursing Pinning Ceremony. The pinning ceremony is a time-honored nursing school tradition which is often more personally meaningful than the graduation ceremony. It signifies the nursing graduate’s official initiation into the brotherhood and sisterhood of nurses. While the history of the first pinning ceremonies can be traced back to the Crusades of the 12th century, the modern ceremony dates back to the 1860’s when Florence Nightingale was awarded the Red Cross of St. George in recognition for her tireless service to the injured during the Crimean War. By 1916, the practice of pinning new nursing graduates was standard throughout the U.S. The inaugural pinning ceremony for Methodist University’s first class of nursing graduates was held in May of 2014. We welcome you to watch the videos from these symbolic ceremonies.

Class of 2021

Class of 2020

Class of 2018

Class of 2017

Class of 2016

Class of 2015

Class of 2014