School of Nursing

Pinning and Graduation Information

Nursing Hooding and Pinning Ceremony

Fall 2019 – December 12th - Thursday
7:00 p.m.
Cowan Center

About Hooding and Pinning

The Hooding and Pinning ceremony is a special event given for nursing graduates every fall, spring, and summer. During this ceremony, doctoral and master’s degree students are hooded in recognition of their academic achievement. Graduating baccalaureate students and those receiving a certificate are acknowledged with a UT Tyler nursing pin. 

Each PhD graduate will be hooded by their dissertation chair; master's graduates will be hooded by their Program Director. Master's, baccalaureate and certificate students 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 enter the left side entrance of the center at 5:00 p.m. to sign in. Immediately following sign-in, please wait there for instructions for class photos promptly at 6 p.m. Once group photos are taken, immediately report back to check-in location 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 doctoral and master’s degree students will wear full regalia.

BSN and Certificate students 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 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 mustcomplete the below submission form for the hooding and pinning ceremony. Submitted information is used for announcing the graduate and their pinner. The deadline to complete the below form is December 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 ribbon.

  • 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 from Order Directions 
  • Sigma Theta Tau purple ribbons will be provided at check-in.

Class Motto (optional)

Each semester students are asked to vote for the class motto. Please complete the below submission form by November 12th.

Class Motto Form

Class and Individual Photos (optional)

Class photos will be taken promptly at 6 p.m., located at the Cowen Center outdoor fountain. Individual photos are taken onstage during the ceremony

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

Convocation Photo Form

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 to Ms. Jaime Romero 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 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 you check in.

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

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