Commencement and Pinning Events


Nursing Commencement Contact: Ellen Sattler; UF Commencement Contact: Stephanie McBride

Nursing Pinning Contact: Yancy Lawrence


BREAKING NEWS FROM UF DIRECTOR OF COMMENCEMENTS

SUMMER CEREMONIES NOT PROCEEDING AS SCHEDULED – Changes for Summer:

On Thursday, June 4, 2020, the State University System directed Florida public universities to plan alternatives to in-person ceremonies due to continued COVID-19 health guidelines limiting gatherings. We regret the disappointment and inconvenience this will cause for graduates and their families who looked forward to attending the University of Florida’s rescheduled spring graduation weekend July 31-August 2 or our regularly scheduled summer graduation weekend August 7-8 on campus. 

View the full SUS Memo here.

Rather than reschedule the spring and summer graduation weekends only to face the possibility of cancellation, we want our graduates to know these things:

1. We are committed to providing every graduate the opportunity to participate in a future in-person ceremony once we are able to safely resume our regularly scheduled commencement ceremonies, but we cannot yet say when that will be.

2. We will contact our graduates once we are confident in-person ceremonies can resume.

Further, we want our Summer 2020 graduating class to know that we will hold a virtual graduation weekend for them on August 14 & 15. More details about this weekend will be available in the near future.


Spring Traditional BSN Grads

Spring 2020 Pinning Ceremony

Details will be posted here when available. There will not be an in-person ceremony in August.

Pinning

PLEASE NOTE – Pinning Ceremonies are hosted by the UF College of Nursing – Commencement Ceremonies are hosted by the University of Florida

Please be mindful that the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 may cause a postponement of planned ceremonies, or an alternate method of delivery (such as virtual/video). We urge our graduates and guests to plan accordingly, building as much flexibility as possible into your travel arrangements – for example, by making travel and lodging reservations that can be changed or canceled without financial penalty.

Summer Accelerated BSN Grads

Summer 2020 Pinning Virtual Ceremony

Becomes available Friday, August 14th at 5pm, and will continue to be available once launched. Link will be posted on this page at that time. There will not be an in-person ceremony in August.

Pinning

spring 2020 Doctoral, bsn & certificate grads – RESCHEDULED FROM APRIL

Spring 2020 Commencement

Details will be posted here when available. There will not be an in-person ceremony in August. Any plans to host a rescheduled ceremony will be announced by UF, once details are available.

Grad

summer 2020 doctoral grads

Summer 2020 Doctoral Virtual Commencement Ceremony

Becomes available August 15th at 5pm. Link will be posted on this page at that time. Doctoral grads will be included/recognized in the College of Nursing’s Summer 2020 Commencement Virtual Ceremony. There will not be an in-person ceremony in August. Any plans to host a rescheduled ceremony will be announced by UF, once details are available.

Doctoral commencement

summer bsn & certificate grads

Summer 2020 Commencement Virtual Ceremony

Becomes available August 15th at 5pm, and will continue to be available once launched. Link will be posted on this page at that time. There will not be an in-person ceremony in August. Any plans to host a rescheduled ceremony will be announced by UF, once details are available.

Grad

ARE COMMENCEMENT AND PINNING DIFFERENT?

  • YES, for traditional and accelerated BSN students, these are two distinct ceremonies held on commencement weekend, and we encourage these graduates to attend both.
    • The PINNING CEREMONY is hosted by the UF College of Nursing and is only for the BSN (traditional in spring and accelerated in summer) grads receiving their nursing pins for the first time. Regalia/cords/sashes are NOT worn, and degree is NOT conferred at pinning.
      • Please note – This ceremony always includes individual recognition of the grad.
    • The COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY for Bachelor’s, Master’s and Specialists is hosted by the University of Florida and is for all undergraduate and non-doctoral level degrees at UF. Regalia is worn and degree is conferred (when in-person ceremonies are permitted).
      • Please note – This ceremony typically does not include individual recognition of graduates during the Spring, but does typically do so in the Summer and Fall.
  • Do I have to attend either ceremony?
    • We encourage Nursing graduates to participate in both the Commencement and Pinning Ceremonies. We are very proud of the accomplishments of our graduates and look forward to celebrating this milestone with them. However, attendance is not required for either ceremony.

WHAT ABOUT DNP, PHD, RN-BSN AND CERTIFICATE GRADS ?

  • DNP and PhD grads participate only in the Doctoral Commencement Ceremony, hosted by the University. Click here for details.
  • RN-BSN and Certificate grads participate only in the Commencement Ceremony (non-doctoral), hosted by the University. Click here for details.

SPRING 2020 CELEBRATORY VIDEOS: