DMACC to Hold Individual Nursing Pinning Ceremonies with Social Distancing

Posted 5/6/2020

Media Advisory

WHAT: DMACC will host individual nursing pinning ceremonies for nearly 100 Spring 2020 graduates of the DMACC Nursing Program in conjunction with National Nurses Week (May 6-12).

WHERE: ​Brief ceremonies will be held outside of the homes of the nursing graduates from four DMACC Campuses—Ankeny, Boone, Carroll and Urban (Des Moines).

WHY: A nursing pin is a type of badge worn by nurses to identify the nursing school from which they graduated.  The pins are traditionally presented to the newly graduated nurses by the faculty during a pinning ceremony as a symbolic welcome into the profession.

At the conclusion of each pinning ceremony, the Nightingale Pledge is read.  The pledge is named after Florence Nightingale who is who is considered the founder of modern nursing. This year, the final day of National Nurses Week will also celebrate the 200th birth anniversary of Nightingale, who was born on May 12, 1820.

“The nursing pinning ceremony is such a rite of passage for nursing graduates as they are officially welcomed into the profession, and is incredibly meaningful to our graduates,” said Dr. Kendra Ericson, DMACC Nursing Education Director. “We wanted to continue that tradition while being safe.”

WHEN: Individual pinning ceremonies will be held with social distancing as follows:

  • ​Ankeny Campus nursing graduates, May 8 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Boone Campus, nursing graduates, May 8-9 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Carroll Campus nursing graduates, May 8-10 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Urban (Des Moines) Campus graduates, May 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

HOW: One DMACC faculty member will arrive at the home of a graduating nursing student at a predetermined time when the graduate is expecting them. The faculty member will give the graduate the DMACC pin, flowers and a cookie while maintaining social distancing outside the student’s home, and take a photo of the graduate with their pin on, or being pinned by a family member. A slide show will be made with the photos taken of each graduate for the class of 2020.   

To track the awarding of nursing pins by campus, contact:

  • Jessica Passick, Ankeny Campus, 515-619-8957

  • Whitney Johnston, Boone Campus, 319-471-5114

  • Amber Mahrt, Carroll Campus, 712-269-7701

  • Steve Orazem, Urban Campus, 515-240-9082

MEDIA: Any media members who are interested in attending/covering an individual pinning ceremony should contact Dan Ivis with DMACC Marketing at (515) 238-5358 (cell) or

For additional information about the DMACC Nursing Program, contact Dr. Kendra Ericson, DMACC Nursing Education Director, at

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