Pinning Ceremony – Summer 2021

  • WHEN:
    Friday, Aug. 6, 2021, at 10 a.m.
    Doors open at 9:15 a.m.; students report to Fackler Foyer West by 9:30 a.m.; all others seated by 9:45 a.m.; processional at 10 a.m.
  • WHERE:
    Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
    3201 Hull Road, Gainesville, FL (on the campus of the University of Florida)
    In order to participate in the Pinning Ceremony, you MUST:
    1. ORDERING IS NOW CLOSED – Order an official College of Nursing pin by Monday, June 14 at noon. DOWNLOAD ORDERING FORM
    2. RSVP FORM IS NOW CLOSED – RSVP online with your plans to attend by Monday, June 14 at noon.  Scroll down on this page for the online RSVP form.


The concept of the nursing pin dates back to the Crusades when the Knights Hospitallers of St. John of Jerusalem displayed the Maltese Cross on their uniforms. Following the Crusades, some of the Crusaders noted the excellent nursing care provided by the Hospital of Saint John and decided to join the nursing group. Over the centuries, various schools and craft guilds adopted symbols to use on buttons, badges or shields to represent their training, wisdom, strength, courage and faith.

In 1880, Florence Nightingale chose the Maltese cross as the badge to be worn by the graduates of her first school of nursing. As the profession of nursing developed, each school chose a unique pin to be awarded to students completing their programs. The pin then became a public symbol of excellence worn on nurses’ uniforms. Often, the pins first were put on at a “pinning” ceremony during graduation activities.

Graduates continue to purchase their colleges’ pins to wear after graduation. The unique pin provides an outstanding way to display pride in achievements and easily identifies each nurse’s alma mater to others.

Frequently Asked Questions

Student Check-In

Participating students MUST REPORT to Fackler Foyer West, located in the west wing of the Curtis M. Phillips, M.D. Center for the Performing Arts (CPA) no later than 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 6. All personal items (including phone, purse, etc.) should be left with your guest(s) prior to reporting to Fackler Foyer West, or you will not be permitted to pick up your pin. Professional attire is required to participate in the pinning ceremony. You are permitted to wear your white coat, but the coat is not required. You will pick up your pin during the check-in process in Fackler Foyer West, prior to the Pinning Ceremony on Aug. 6.

Pin Card

Guest Information

Tickets are NOT needed for admission. Guests MUST be seated in the CPA Auditorium no later than 9:45 a.m. At the conclusion of ceremony, grads will recess all of the way out of the building. Please arrange a “meeting spot” with grad/guests prior to the ceremony, as grads will not be permitted to carry a cell phone with them during the ceremony. The venue is ADA accessible. At this time, we do NOT anticipate using tickets for admission.

Pinning Guest Pic


Professional dress is required to participate in the pinning ceremony. This means no inappropriate or casual dress or footwear. Examples of appropriate attire as you transition into your professional career: business suits; slacks or appropriate-length skirt with a nice dress top; professional dress with sleeves. You are permitted, not required, to wear your white coat. Ladies: please note that you are being pinned so you should not wear a dress with thin straps. If you do, wear a cardigan or cover-up so that the pin can be placed there. Also, remember that you will be walking up steps and across an elevated stage, so please wear shoes with a professional heel height.



UPDATED INFORMATION – Participating graduates and their guests may park in the SURFACE LOT around the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts garage located off Hull Road (near intersection of SW 34th Street and Hull Road). Decal restrictions are lifted on the day of the event. Gated, ADA spots or spots reserved for a specific individual tag are still enforced. The garage itself is no longer available for our event parking.


Faculty RSVP Form for Pinning

Faculty are encouraged to attend to celebrate the pinning of our ABSN graduates. Please RSVP by July 27 with your plans to attend.


For questions regarding the Pinning Ceremony, please contact:

Yancy J Lawrence
Department: College of Nursing Dean’s Office

Yancy J Lawrence

Development & Alumni Affairs Coordinator
Phone: (352) 273-6571