Milestone Events

Some of the most exciting and rewarding events outside of the classroom and clinical experiences are the pinning ceremony, graduation, commencement and doctoral hooding at the George Washington University School of Nursing. Each marks a special accomplishment, students are recognized for their scholarly achievements as well as their dedication to the nursing profession.


A student hugs her professor during the Pinning CeremonyThe pinning ceremony welcomes our GW Nursing graduates into the profession of nursing. Professors and mentors present each new nurse with ceremonial pins, displaying the graduating university. Nurses will also take the Nightingale Pledge, named in honor of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. It is a proud moment for our graduates pledging to service and the high ideals of the nursing profession.

Graduation and Commencement

Students pose for a photo after Commencement

At the end of each semester, GW Nursing hosts a graduation ceremony for our nursing graduates. This intimate ceremony, presided over by the dean, brings together our nationwide community of students, faculty and staff. Graduates will hear from leading speakers while celebrating their success in education and next step in their career.

Commencement is a hallmark event for all community members. While each school holds its own ceremony, University Commencement on the National Mall includes graduates from all degree levels and schools. Graduating students will take the first step of their lifelong journey as GW alumni with the nation’s most recognizable landmarks and monuments serving as a backdrop.