Pinning & Graduation
Graduation is the ultimate goal for all college students. The school of nursing, however, holds a special recognition ceremony concurrent with graduation to recognize their graduates as they go into service. Pinning is a tradition of honor in nursing that is centuries old.
Historically, the nursing pin is a 1000 year old symbol of service to others. In the late 19th century a pin made of silver or gold was given to students who had excelled in the study of nursing.
In the 21st century, the nursing pin is seen as an indication to the public, to patients, and to co-workers that the nurse has successfully completed a nursing program and has the ability to function as a nurse. Over the years, the nursing pin has come to stand for service to, and caring for, others and for Christian values.
The Mississippi College School of Nursing pin was designed by the first graduating class. The gold and blue colors of the pin represent the Mississippi College school colors. An image of Provine Chapel is imposed in the center of the pin. Along with its rich historical significance, Provine Chapel has been the site of many significant occasions for the School of Nursing. A cross, representing Christian caring and commitment is superimposed on the pin. The words, "Mississippi College School of Nursing" are inscribed in a circle around the image of Provine Chapel. A commitment to professional nursing through baccalaureate education is indicated by the "B.S.N." that is highlighted on the bottom of the cross. A laurel wreath of leaves surrounds the pin signifying victory in completing the program. The nursing pin stands for the best in nursing, the Christian foundation from which we operate, and the standard of faithfulness in our Christian walk.
Another tradition, the presentation of a yellow rose, began with the first capping ceremony for the Mississippi College School of Nursing. That tradition continues today with pinning and the rose symbolizing pure unselfish love.