FHU Schedules Pinning Ceremony for First BSN Graduates

MAY 6, 2013

Freed-Hardeman University has set the pinning ceremony for its first class of Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduates for May 10 at 5 p.m. in Ayers Auditorium. Nine students will receive their BSN degrees Saturday, May 11, in Loyd Auditorium.


Pinning, a symbolic welcoming of newly graduated nurses into the profession, is a tradition of nursing. The modern ceremony dates to the 1860s when Florence Nightingale was awarded the Red Cross of St. George in recognition of her service during the Crimean War. She then presented a medal to her brightest graduates. By 1916, the practice of pinning new nurses was standard throughout the United States.

Students participating in the ceremony include the following: Paige Atkinson, Centerville, Tenn.; Andrea Chambers, Franklin, Tenn.; Michelle McLeod, Elkhart, Ind.; Brittany Nichols, Nolensville, Tenn.; Lauren Oliver, Wetumpta, Ala.; Olivia Poteete, Jackson, Tenn.; Marianne Sansom, Eurdora, Kan.; and Sarah Thompson, Adamsville, Tenn.