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20143 Nursing Pinning

Pinning Rehearsal

There will be a mandatory rehearsal for pinning prior to the service on Saturday, May 3rd. It will be held at 1:30pm in the Everest-Rohrer auditorium. You must be present to help the service go smoothly. Those with speaking or singing parts are asked to arrive at 1:15pm for a sound check.

Dress for the Pinning Ceremony

Professional dress is required for all graduates. Dress as if you were dressing for a job interview. Suits or dress pants and dress shirts are appropriate. Professional pantsuits are also acceptable. For ladies, high heels should be avoided since you must walk across the stage. Tops that are sleeveless, have spaghetti straps, or are low cut are not professional and are not to be worn.

If you cannot attend

Since graduates are individually recognized in this ceremony, if you cannot attend, please contact Deborah Gillum at 574.807.7015.


Pictures are not to be taken during Pinning, but there will be ample opportunity afterwards to have a repeat on each individual being pinned. There will also be some group photo opportunities immediately after the service, e.g. entire group of graduates, Grace students, etc. Please speak with Deborah Gillum if you would like a special group photo to be taken. Family is also welcome to take pictures at that time.

About the Nursing Pin

The pin has three symbols that represent nursing at Bethel College. The pin also states the degree received with a white pin representing the ADN degree, a blue pin for the BSN degree, and a gold pin for the MSN degree.

The Helm: This symbolizes the Bethel College belief that God is at the helm of the ship of life and can assist the graduate through uncharted waters.

The Lamp: This represents the vision of the Bethel College graduate nurse in bringing support and comfort to those in darkness.

The Shield: This represents the shield of knowledge that enables the Bethel College graduate nurse to provide safe care to clients.

The Pin Guard-Pin guards are an optional accessory graduates can attach to their pin to provide safety and to further represent the degree that has been received. You can order these on the form you have been provided with.


Before contacting the college with questions about the 2014 Commencement, please review this website. If you still have questions, feel free to contact the appropriate staff.

BSN Completion students should contact Debra Schnaible

Students in Traditional BSN & ADN\MSN Graduate programs should contact Jeanne Fox

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