UT Tyler

School of Nursing

Convocation Information

Spring 2017 - May 5
Pinning: 10 a.m.
Graduation: 3 p.m.
Cowan Center

Pinning Ceremony

The pinning convocation is a special ceremony for nursing.  During this ceremony, graduating baccalaureate students are acknowledged with a UT Tyler nursing pin. Master’s degree and post-master’s certificate graduates are recognized with a pin symbolizing their specialty degree. 

The baccalaureate graduate is pinned by a registered nurse of their choice. This RN may be a family member, friend or faculty member.  The policy is one person pinning per student. Master's graduates are pinned by a faculty member selected by the MSN faculty. 

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.  Once pictures are taken, report back into the lobby far right side at 9:20 a.m. Convocation marshals will assist you and your pinner in the lineup. The convocation marshal will give you further instruction and will lead you into the auditorium. 

Dress Code:

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

Men will wear black pants (no jeans) and a pressed, white button down, long-sleeved shirt with a collar and a dark colored tie such as black, dark gray, or navy. Shoes should be black dress shoes (no tennis/ running shoes). The white lab coat with the UT Tyler patch on the left front upper chest is to be worn over the shirt and slacks.

Women will wear black slacks (no jeans or leggings) or black knee-length or longer skirt with a pressed, white long-sleeved or ¾ length shirt with nude color undergarments. Flat or low heeled, closed or peep toe black shoes are required (no sling-backs). Jewelry must be conservative (e.g. no large/ oversized earrings or necklaces). Students are required to wear their white lab coat with the UT Tyler patch on the left front upper chest over the shirt and slacks/ skirt.

Note: Any student needing to rent a lab coat the day of pinning must notify Theresa Scarborough (tscarborough@uttyler.edu) by April14th. Include your name, gender, and size in the email request. A $10.00 non-refundable fee is required along with a valid driver’s license or credit card to check out the jacket. Jackets will be available for pick-up in the nursing building between 7:45 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. on the day of pinning. Driver’s license / credit card will be returned at the time the jacket is turned back in at the School of Nursing.

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.

Graduation Ceremony

Graduation for the School of Nursing and Health Sciences is held at 3 p.m. on the day of convocation.

All students receiving a BSN, MSN, or doctoral degree need to return to the Cowan Center by 2 p.m. to line up. (Note: Per the Registrar’s Office, since post-master’s certificate students have already graduated and been conferred a degree they do not participate in the graduation ceremony). 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.

Convocation Ballot

  • The convocation ballot for class motto and for the most caring will open on April 7 and close on April 14, 2017.

Convocation Photos (optional)

  • Convocation Photo Form
  • Complete and return this form with the required fees to Dan Buikema (at the address indicated on the form) before the ceremony, or you may bring it with you the day of convocation.
  • Please be on time for 9 a.m. photos.

Nursing Pins (optional)

Name Cards (required)

  • Please fill out this survey to provide all your information for graduation day.


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.

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