Nursing Pinning Ceremony

Pinning Ceremony Honoring

Graduating Class of Fall 2017

Graduating students of OSU Institute of Technology’s nursing program will pledge themselves to the sacred work they have chosen during a special pinning ceremony at 10 a.m. on Friday, December 15, 2017 in Covelle Hall.


It takes a special type of person to choose a career dedicated to serving the needs of others.


The pinning ceremony signifies the completion of their initial professional nursing education. Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, started the tradition over 150 years ago by presenting graduates of the nursing school she founded with a medal or symbolic “badge of courage.”

The medal was meant to encourage her students to faithfully serve the injured, sick and dying in challenging situations and often dangerous circumstances. Over the years, this medal evolved into a pin indicating the institution from which the nurse received their training.