Celebrating Summer 2018 Pinning and Commencement

Pinning Ceremony

This summer, the College of Nursing celebrated 102 Accelerated B.S.N. graduates, 64 R.N.-B.S.N. graduates, six D.N.P. graduates and four Ph.D. graduates during commencement ceremonies on the UF campus. The doctoral ceremony took place Friday, August 10, at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center along with the college’s annual Pinning Ceremony at the Phillips Center for Performing Arts, while the college’s undergraduates took part in the university’s August 11 commencement ceremony at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.

2018 Pinning Ceremony Program

Eva Brinkman
Eva Brinkman

The Pinning Ceremony is sponsored annually by the College of Nursing Alumni Council. Long-time member Pat Sassner welcomed the graduates and spoke about the Alumni Council and the history of the ceremony. The pinning tradition dates back centuries and historically the ceremony marks the end of a successful student career and the beginning of a career as a professional nurse.


As the profession of nursing developed through each century, each school designated a unique pin to be awarded to their graduate—the University of Florida College of Nursing pin features the university’s seal at its center.

Fellow Alumni Council members, Professor Emeritus Jodi Irving, Gigi Moore-Higgs and Dr. Patsy Love, joined Sassner in pinning the 2018 B.S.N. graduates.

Students, faculty, staff, family and friends heard from B.S.N. graduate Eva Brinkman, president of the UF Nursing Student Association, and six students were recognized with student awards at the pinning ceremony.

Award for Excellence in Nursing Care
Ethan Salgado

Award for Excellence in Nursing Leadership
Meredith Testa

Award for Excellence in Inspiring Others Through Nursing
Debbie Wilson

Award for Excellence in Community Service
Caitlin Lach

Award for Diversity and Inclusion
Eduardo Varona

Award for Excellence in Research
Raquel Saint‐Hilaire

Pinning Ceremony

Pinning Ceremony
Pinning Ceremony a Nursing tradition