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Convocation Day Information

Convocation Day Information

Parking Information

Discounted parking ($5.00 per space) is available in the Lincoln Avenue Garage. Park in any space that is not designated by a sign. Proceed to a pay kiosk near the stairs, enter your license plate number and select “Nursing Convocation” on the screen.

3:00 - Students Arrive at the Student Union Building

Scholarship Recipients

Please arrive by 2:50 so we can take your photos before the group photos!

All Graduates

Check in at the Hatch Ballroom, in casual business attire, wearing your pressed gown. Have your appropriate regalia accessories with you (such as cap, cords, stole, nursing pin, hood, etc.).

Please leave your personal belongings in your vehicle or with your family/friends inside the Jordan Ballroom.

RN-BS and BS Grads

  • Attach nursing pins to your stole (lower left).
  • Leave your nursing stole with your chosen escort.

3:05 Get ready!

Determine where to line up in the Hatch Ballroom: by program (DNP, RN-BS, BS), then alphabetically by last name. Staff will assist you.

While you wait feel free to take photos at the photo booth!

3:20-3:30 Group photos

Staff will make announcements and call groups of students by program when it’s their turn to take photos on the stairs outside of the Jordan Ballroom.

After group photos, please return to the Hatch Ballroom to wait for procession time.

3:20 Faculty Arrive at the Student Union Building

Faculty meet outside of the Hatch Ballroom, wearing your appropriate regalia.

Please leave personal belongings in your office or vehicle.

3:30 Student Line-up

Students line up by program in alphabetical order.  Students will be briefly addressed before leaving the room.

3:50 Faculty Line-up

Divisional Deans, Program Directors, and others who will be called to the stage during the ceremony will be in the front of the line, so they can be directed to reserved seats during the processional. Faculty who are not assigned to tasks during the event are welcome to line up as they prefer, followed by any adjunct faculty who wish to participate.

4:00 Processional

Interim Deans Connor and Phillips and faculty will lead the processional into the Jordan Ballroom.  Graduates will follow the faculty and will be seated in the same alphabetical order as their line-up.  Staff will guide everyone to their correct seating area. 

4:30 Presentation of Graduates

After introductory remarks, awards, and speakers, graduates will be released row by row to approach the stage. The order is DNP graduates, RN-BS graduates, and BS graduates.

DNP Graduates

You will ascend the stage and be met by your program director. Please carry your hood over your arm. Your program director will present your stole on stage.

RN-BS and BS Graduates

Your pre-selected escort will join you as you approach the stage. The escort should carry your stole (with pin already attached on the left). The escort hands your stole to your Program Director to then be presented to you.

All Students

As your name is called, please walk to the center of the stage to the taped mark.

After exiting the stage, pause by the SON banner to have your individual photo taken.
Student photos will be available to download within one week of graduation. Watch your email for information.

5:40 - 6:00 Recessional and Conclusion

At the conclusion of Convocation, Interim Deans Connor and Phillips will lead the recessional out. Faculty will line up on each side of the Jordan Ballroom entrance to the hallway.
Graduates will be released row by row, following the faculty, and make their way through the faculty lines and down the hall to allow all students to recess. Students may return to the back of the Ballroom where family, friends and faculty can join graduates after the conclusion of the ceremony. There will be various areas within the Ballroom to mingle with family and friends, visit and take photos.

If you wish to donate your regalia after Commencement for future graduates to use, please drop off items with a staff member in Norco 309. Thank you!