School of Nursing

Pinning Ceremony Information

Summer 2022 --August 11th --Thursday
3:00 p.m.
Cowan Center


About Pinning

The Pinning Ceremony is a special event given for nursing graduates every fall, spring, and summer. During this ceremony, graduating nursing baccalaureate students are acknowledged with a UT Tyler nursing pin. 

BSN students will be pinned by a faculty member of their choice.  Pre-licensure students who satisfactorily complete the NCLEX Question Incentive may select one registered nurse, other than faculty, to pin them.
The ceremony is held in the Vaughn Auditorium at the Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center. Students are to enter at the entrance of the Braithwaite Recital Hall of the Center for the Musical Arts building at 1:30 p.m. to sign in.  Immediately following sign-in, students will proceed to have individual photos taken.  Immediately after individual photos, students will line-up in alphabetical order by pinner. Ushers will assist. Further instructions regarding the ceremony are provided at that time.

Dress Code (required)

All students participating in the pinning ceremony must adhere to the following attire:


  • 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 Student Affairs Director of the School of Nursing.

Note: Any student needing to purchase a lab coat or School of Nursing patch, may contact:

CR Scrubs
2209 S. Broadway
Tyler, Texas 75701

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. The deadline to complete the below form is August 1st. Please submit one form per graduate.

Reservation and Stage Cards Submission Form

Nursing Pins (optional)

Each student is given a ribbon at sign-in. The nursing pin needs to be securely attached to the ribbon.

  • Nursing pins may be ordered through J. Brandt Company.  Ordering information and deadlines will be posted in School of Nursing canvas groups.

Class Motto (optional)

Each semester baccalaureate students are asked to vote for the class motto. Please complete the below submission form by August 1, 2022.

Class Motto Form

Class and Individual Photos (optional)

Individual photos will be taken (location TBD).

Individual photos will be uploaded to the School of Nursing Facebook page. Please check the following link for updates:  
School of Nursing Facebook

International Students

For students who have non-US citizen family members who may want to attend pinning and graduation, the SON can generate a letter to the US Embassy/Consulate on the students’ behalf to allow for travel visa(s) for these events.  Please submit the following criteria via email to Mrs. Theresa Moore at

 Guest last name:  

 Guest first name: 

 Relationship to student:

 Graduation date:

 Student Birthday:

 Student citizenship in counties:

The information for these letters will need to be submitted at least two months prior to graduation.


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 is located at University Graduation Ceremony. There is no summer University commencement. All summer BSN, MSN, Doctoral 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 you check in.

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