Commencement and Pinning Events

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

Nursing Pinning Contact: Yancy Lawrence



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, with the exception of when it is included during the Commencement Ceremony.
    • The COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY for Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Specialists is typically hosted by the University of Florida and is for all undergraduate and non-doctoral level degrees at UF. Regalia is worn and the degree is conferred. As an exception, when the ceremony is done in a virtual format, it is typically then hosted by the UF College of Nursing.
      • Please note – This ceremony typically does not include the 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. An exception to this is that virtual ceremonies are hosted by the UF College of Nursing.
  • RN-BSN and Certificate grads participate only in the Commencement Ceremony (non-doctoral), hosted by the University. Click here for details. An exception to this is that virtual ceremonies are hosted by the UF College of Nursing.

SPRING 2020 CELEBRATORY VIDEOS:

SUMMER 2020 CELEBRATORY VIDEOS: