Lighting of the Lamp


The Lighting of the Lamp ceremony is a tribute to Florence Nightingale, who is one of the founders of modern-day nursing. The lamp carried by Florence Nightingale as she tended to wounded soldiers during the Crimean War (1853-1856), has come to symbolize care in nursing. Historically, the lamp has also been used to represent the enlightenment that comes with knowledge.

The purpose of the ceremony is to induct you into the highly respected profession of nursing and provide you with the first opportunity to build a sense of community with your peers and faculty as you commence your academic journey towards becoming a Registered Nurse. Each student who attends the ceremony will receive a nurse’s lapel watch that symbolizes nursing practice. During the ceremony, you will recite the Nightingale Pledge, where you will verbalize your commitment to the goals, vision and values of the nursing profession. Each student will also receive a flashlight to represent Florence Nightingale’s lamp and will be lit as you recite the Nightingale pledge.

Please note that all first-year nursing students entering one of our baccalaureate nursing programs at the University of Alberta are required to attend the Lighting of the Lamp Ceremony. This ceremony is integral to building rapport with your peers and taking the first step in your commitment to
a professional career in nursing.


Were you unable to make the virtual ceremony? We've got you covered! Click the link below to watch the recorded ceremony for Lighting of the Lamp 2020!

Ceremony Recording