School of Nursing
Pinning: 10 a.m. May 6
See our Convocation Checklist to make sure everything is taken care of.
Nursing convocation is a special ceremony when graduating baccalaureate students receive their UT Tyler nursing pin. All graduates are encouraged to invite family and friends to share this very special time.
The graduate is pinned by a registered nurse of their choice. This RN may be a family member, friend or faculty member.
The ceremony is held in the Vaughn Auditorium at the Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center. Students should start arriving to the center at 8:15 a.m. to sign in with class pictures to be taken at 9 a.m.
Men's attire for the event should be a nice shirt, with or without a tie and slacks (jacket optional). Women should wear a nice pantsuit or dress that would be appropriate for such an event. No see-through material.
Graduation for the School of Nursing and Health Sciences is held at 3 p.m. on the day of convocation.
All students need to return to the Cowan Center by 2 p.m. to line up. Caps and gowns are worn at this ceremony. If you are a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the honor cord 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 as you are announced and walk across the stage to receive a “mock up” of the diploma. Official diplomas are mailed approximately six weeks after graduation.
Candle of Knowledge
Lighting the Candle of Knowledge will be part of the ceremony. Each nursing student will participate (candles will be provided). Even if you did not purchase a pin, you may participate in the lighting. A group picture will be taken of students with their lighted candles.
The following pledge will be recited at the convocation. 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.