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College of Nursing Pin Pals

The Pin Pals program will support costs associated with the pinning of our BSN graduates, while linking donors to our newest Spartan Nurses in a meaningful way. We are asking for donations of $60 which will cover the cost of a traditional pin for a graduate. Those who donate will be able to send a congratulatory note to the graduate they sponsor.   

Note: Pins will be assigned randomly and cannot be dedicated to specific students.

Help Us Create a Meaningful Connection with New Spartan Nurses!

Our goal with Pin Pals is to create a connection between our graduates and the College of Nursing family. The MSU College of Nursing kicked off the initiative when 54 pins were presented to the December 2018 BSN class. Our next three graduating classes in May 2019, August 2019 and December 2019 will have 206 students who will receive pins. These graduates will cherish the notes of congratulations that come with their pins.

Project Budget: $7,500.00

The pinning of graduating nurses is a time-honored tradition rich in symbolism, dating back to the 1860s when Florence Nightingale (the founder of modern nursing) was awarded the Red Cross of St. George in recognition for her tireless service to the injured during the Crimean War. Often more personally meaningful than the graduation ceremony, it signifies a graduate’s official initiation into the nursing community. To learn more about the history, visit this link

The College of Nursing’s Pin Pal program will be funded through contributions from alumni, faculty, family and friends, as well as the Office of Development and Alumni Relations. As a result, each graduating BSN student will receive their MSU Nursing pin free of charge.

The Pin Pals program will not only provide monetary support, but will also connect each Spartan Nurse to their pin’s sponsor in a meaningful and tangible way. 

Our goal for 2019 is to fund at least 125 pins for our future Spartan Nurses!

Make a Gift by Mail:

University Advancement
Spartan Way
535 Chestnut Road, Room 300
East Lansing, MI 48824

*Make check payable to Michigan State University and write “Appeal 19OOPCF1PINPALS” in the note section.

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