UT Tyler

School of Nursing

Pinning and Graduation Information

Nursing Pinning Ceremony

Spring 2018 - May 4
Pinning: 9 a.m.
Cowan Center

About Pinning

Pinning convocation is a special ceremony given for nursing graduates every fall, spring, and summer.  During this ceremony, graduating baccalaureate students are acknowledged with a UT Tyler nursing pin. Master’s degree and Certificate graduates are recognized with a pin symbolizing their specialty degree. 

All graduates are pinned by a registered nurse of their choice. This RN may be family, friend, or faculty. Per policy, only one person pinning per student.

The ceremony is held in the Vaughn Auditorium at the Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center. Students are to arrive to the left side entrance of the center at 7:15 a.m. to sign in. Immediately following sign-in, graduates will disperse to the main lobby to await instructions for class photos promptly at 8 a.m. Once group photos are taken, immediately report back to far left side lobby (sign-in desk) with your pinner for line-up instructions. Graduates and their pinner will line-up in alphabetical order per degree level. Ushers will assist. Further instructions regarding the ceremony are provided at that time.

Dress Code (required)

All students will adhere to the dress code below. Those not following the dress code will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony.


  • Black slacks (no jeans)
  • Pressed, long-sleeved, white, buttoned down, collared shirt
  • Black, dark gray, or navy tie
  • Black dress shoes (no tennis/running shoes)
  • White lab coat. Nursing patch is worn on the left, upper chest (over heart).


  • Black slacks (no jeans or leggings) or black knee-length or longer skirt
  • Pressed, long-sleeved or ¾ length, white, collared shirt
  • Flat or low heeled, closed or peep toe, black shoes (no sandals)
  • White lab coat. Nursing patch is worn on the left, upper chest (over heart).

Any requests to deviate from this dress code policy (i.e. religious restrictions) must be approved in writing by the Executive Director of the School of Nursing.

Note: Any student needing to rent a lab coat must do the following by April 15:

  • Send email (from Patriots account) to Theresa Moore at theresamoore@uttyler.edu using subject line “Lab Coat Rental”.
  • Include name, gender, and size in the email request. Sizes include small, medium, large, x-large, and more.

Lab Coats will be available for pick-up on Thursday, May 3 in the nursing building lobby, between 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Graduates must bring $20 (cash only), $10 will be refunded upon return of lab coat on Friday, May 4 between 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

Ceremony Reservation and Stage Cards (required)

Graduates must complete the below submission form for the pinning ceremony. Submitted information is used for announcing the graduate and their pinner. The deadline to complete the below form is April 20. Please submit one form per graduate.

Reservation and Stage Cards Submission Form

Nursing Pins (optional)

Each student is given a ribbon at morning sign-in. The nursing pin needs to be securely attached to ribbon. The pinner will attach ribbon and/or nursing pin to the graduates left collar.

  • Baccalaureate nursing pins may be ordered through J. Brandt Company. Your final semester instructor will provide order information.
  • Masters and Certificate nursing pins may be ordered at Masters Pin Order.
  • Sigma Theta Tau purple ribbons will be provided at check-in.

Baccalaureate Awards and Class Motto (optional)

Each semester students are asked to nominate their peers for various awards and vote for the class motto. Please complete the below submission form by April 20.

BSN Nomination Form

Class and Individual Photos (optional)

Class photos will be taken promptly at 8 a.m., located at the Cowen Center outdoor fountain. Individual photos are taken onstage with pinner.

Class and Individual photos may be purchased using the form link below. Extra order forms will be provided pinning day.

Convocation Photo Form


The following pledge will be recited at the end of the pinning ceremony. Please read and familiarize yourself with it.

Pledge for Professional Nursing
(Based on Original Florence Nightingale's Pledge)

In full knowledge of the obligations I am undertaking, I promise to care for the sick with all the skill and the understanding I possess, without regard to race, creed, color, politics, or social status, sparing no effort to preserve quality of life, alleviate suffering, and to promote health, as affirmed by the person.

I will respect at all times the dignity and beliefs of the patients under my care, holding in confidence all personal information entrusted to me, and refraining from any action which may endanger life or health.

I will endeavor to keep my professional knowledge and skill at the highest level, and to give loyal support and cooperation to all members of the health care team.

I will do my utmost to honor the International Code of Ethics applied to nursing, and to uphold the integrity of the profession.


University Graduation Ceremony

Information regarding fall and spring graduation for the College of Nursing and Health Sciences is located at University Graduation Ceremony. There is no summer University commencement. All summer BSN and MSN graduates have the option to return in December for participation.

Note:  Certificate students are not eligible to participate in the University graduation commencement. Attendance is for degree students only (bachelors, masters, doctoral). 

Graduate must wear caps and gowns at this ceremony. If you are a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the honor cord (students can also wear the Sigma Theta Tau sash in place of the cords) is worn over the gown (the wearing of sorority sashes and other social organization adornments are not allowed). For students graduating with honors, you will receive the appropriate cord when your name is announced to walk across the stage.

Students in NSNA have also been given permission to wear their cords to graduation.

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