Zvart Onanian School of Nursing Pinning Ceremony

Nursing Pinning Ceremony in May 2019

Learn more about the Zvart Onanian School of Nursing Naming

Renowned philanthropist, Edward Avedsian donated $3 million to Rhode Island College's School of Nursing. The gift honors the legacy of Mr. Avedisian’s sister Zvart Onanian. The Zvart Onanian School of Nursing was named in recognition of Zvart’s personal story and the Avedisian and Onanian family’s philanthropy.

The pinning ceremony is a time-honored nursing school tradition and an important milestone.
It is a symbolic welcoming, an induction into professional nursing.

The ceremony dates to the 1860s, when Florence Nightingale was awarded the Red Cross of St. George in recognition for her tireless service to the injured during the Crimean War. To share the honor, she in turn presented a medal of excellence to her brightest graduates. By 1916, the practice of pinning new graduates was standard throughout the U.S.

January 12, 2022 at 6 p.m.

Due to the expected rise in Omicron COVID-19 cases, the Zvart Onanian School of Nursing Pinning Ceremony has been changed to a virtual format.

Information for students/guests attending the virtual ceremony:

  • The pinning ceremony has been moved to a virtual format and will be held via Zoom. 
  • Students will receive a Zoom link on 1/10/22 that can then be disseminated to their family and friends. 
  • Graduates should arrive on the Zoom by 5:30 pm in order to organize graduates alphabetically. 
  • Honor cords and pins will be available for pick-up at Fogarty Life Science, Mon - Fri 8:30 am – 4:30 pm until 1/12/22 at 3 pm.
  • Graduates have the option to wear regalia for the ceremony or dress professionally.
  • Graduates should choose someone to pin them in advance of the ceremony.
  • Please direct any questions to msaunders@ric.edu.