The origin of the nursing pin was the Maltese cross. During the Renaissance, the cross was used as a symbol by pioneers of disease care.
The use of the symbol evolved over time into family coat of arms and would be given to those who provided exclusive services. The pins would be given to nurses during times of uncontrolled illnesses as recognition of their education, training and experience.
The pin is still worn by nurses as part of their uniform, representing the program from which they graduated. Receiving a pin is a time-honoured tradition for nursing schools, including NIC.
This year's nursing graduates also took part in a candle lighting ceremony — another longstanding tradition symbolizing the passing of the torch to those embarking on a nursing career.
To see photos from this year's ceremony, head to our Facebook page to check out our album.
For more information on NIC nursing or other health programs, visit our program page.