Nursing Convocation

Ceremony Detail & Expectations

Picture of the Convocation Program

The Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing Convocation is a ceremony specifically for nursing, whereas the UW Commencement ceremonies include graduates across the various colleges/disciplines at the university. Students anticipating graduation in May or August have the option of participating/walking in either or both ceremonies. We encourage our graduating students to participate in each ceremony as they are each unique and special. Graduation is a time of celebration and recognition of your accomplishments.

Nursing Convocation is a smaller and more intimate ceremony and is in addition to the UW Commencement ceremonies. We recognize students graduating from each of our nursing programs, BSN [Basic BSN, BRAND, BSN Completion (ReNEW, RN-BSN)], MS [Nurse Educator, Nurse Leader], and DNP [Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner], by reading information about them that they have written which includes plans for after graduation. At the same time that we recognize our graduates, we also recognize and acknowledge those who are important in their lives‚Ķfamilies and friends. We have a guest speaker who shares words of wisdom. Nursing awards are presented along with some other recognitions.

Family & Friends of Graduating Students

  • Be seated in the auditorium (doors open to the audience at approximately 1:15 p.m.)

  • Programs available at the doors into the auditorium

  • Wheelchair access available at the east entrance

Graduating Students

  • Dress Code

  • What NOT to take into ceremony: Graduates, do not bring coats, purses, other possessions into ceremony. Please leave those items with family/friends.

  • Pre-Ceremony To-Do List for Graduates: (Important to Follow!)

    • Plan to arrive at the Arts & Sciences building prior to 1:30 p.m. If your family is with you, have them seated in the auditorium at that time (doors open to the audience at approximately 1:15 p.m.). (Make sure you leave your personal items with family at that point. Those items include coats, purses, other possessions.)

    • No later than 1:30 p.m., head upstairs to the second floor for preparation for the processional. Staircases to the second floor are accessed from the main lobby outside of the A&S Auditorium. To your left or right, head up either of the two staircases to the second floor hallway.

    • You will find a School of Nursing table there with Reader Cards needed for the ceremony as well as programs for the ceremony. Pick up your card/program and follow signs to join your group designation.

    • Line up for processional according to staff directions on the second floor hallway.

    • Ceremony starts promptly at 2:00 p.m.



If you still have questions after checking out the links on this page:
Contact Debbie Shoefelt

Return to Spring Graduation Page

Updated: 02/25/2020

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