Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing

A Symbol of Dedication and Hard Work

Twice a year the Nova Southeastern University Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing proudly honors our Pre-Licensure Nursing graduates with a memorable pinning ceremony. This ceremony serves as a symbolic welcome to the noble profession of nursing. During this event, graduates participate in various rituals including lighting a lamp, taking a pledge, and receiving their nursing pin. The pin is to recognize their preparation to become a provider of nursing care.

In our May ceremony, we are thrilled to honor over 150 students from all three of our undergraduate campuses. This inaugural celebration is a momentous occasion as Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and Fort Myers come together to recognize our students’ initiation into nursing as One NSU.

Spring 2024 Pinning Ceremony, May 2

Male student on stage at Nursing Pinning Ceremony with family member
Group photo at Nursing Pinning Ceremony



People in audience reading booklet at pinning ceremony

History of Pinning

The nursing pin symbolizes the graduate’s readiness and dedication to provide compassionate care to those in need. This tradition traces its roots back to the Crimean War in the 1860s when Florence Nightingale, the pioneer of modern nursing, was awarded the Red Cross of St. George. In recognition of her dedication, she bestowed a medal of excellence upon her outstanding graduates. Today, the pinning ceremony stands as a time-honored tradition in nursing education, signifying the transition from student to professional nurse.