The School of Nursing will hold the 2019 Spring Graduation Ceremony on Saturday, May 11th at 5:30 pm in the Dean E. Smith Center.  Our commencement speaker will be the Senior Adviser for Nursing at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Sue Hassmiller.

The University’s Spring Commencement is planned for Sunday, May 12th at 9:00 am in Kenan Stadium.

Please arrive at Concourse C of the Smith Center no later than 4:45 PM!  Please arrive in regalia with hood ON, and please do not bring purses, bags, gifts, etc. to the ceremony.

Full regalia is required!  Please see the Student Stores for more information. Adornment on caps is NOT permitted.  Please wear cool, but professional attire under gowns.  No casual flip flops and conservative shoe height please.

Please note that graduation rehearsals will be virtual in Fox Auditorium.

Logistics and Parking

Parking will be available in the S11 lot and all lots around the Smith Center.  Disability parking is available immediatley across the street from the Smith Center.  There will be golf carts available to transport guests to Entrance A.  Guests may not enter the Smith Center until the ceremony before our concludes (~5 PM).

Post-Graduation Employment Surveys

Each year, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the NC General Assembly require that the School of Nursing submits information regarding the employment commitments of our students following graduation.  This information is also needed for the School of Nursing to obtain state and federal monies for student aid.  To assist the School in providing this information to these external agencies, please complete the surveys below.

Please note: Your data will be combined with others in your class to create a composite; you will not be identifiable to these agencies.

Student Participation in Ceremonies

The School of Nursing (SON) holds Commencement ceremonies annually in May. Under all circumstances, a student may participate in Commencement only once. The date the University will confer the degree is the date that will be listed in the Commencement program. That is, if a student did not meet the deadlines for submitting the final version of their final project to the Graduate School, and had received permission from the Program Director to “walk in May”, the Commencement program would list that person as an August graduate.

The following conditions are required for student participation in the May commencement:

PhD

PhD students must have completed and successfully defended their dissertation and filed the final dissertation with the Graduate School by the Graduate School deadline.

DNP

DNP students must have completed and successfully defended their DNP Project and filed the final project with the Graduate School by the Graduate School deadline.

With the approval of the Director of Graduate Practice Programs, students who missed the Spring deadline for filing the final version of their DNP Project with the Graduate School may ”walk” early in the May SON Commencement. In this circumstance, the committee chair will send an email to the Program Director (with a copy to the student) signifying that the student has successfully defended the final version of the DNP Project by the Graduate School deadline. The Program Director will respond via e-mail to the committee chair and student confirming eligibility to walk at SON graduation.

MSN

MSN Students must have completed all course work including removal of any incompletes, passed their comprehensive examination and completed/successfully defended and turned in a copy of their completed MSN Paper (or thesis).

With the approval of the Director of Graduate Practice Programs (Program Director), students who missed the SON Spring deadline for filling the final version of their Master’s Paper may “walk” in the May SON Commencement. In this circumstance, the committee chair will send an email to the Program Director (with a copy to the student) signifying that the student has successfully defended the final version of the MSN paper (or thesis) by the SON deadline. The Program Director will respond via e-mail to the committee chair and student confirming eligibility to walk at SON Commencement after confirming that all other criteria are met with the SON Registrar.

BSN

Students must have completed all course work including removal of any incompletes. Under special circumstances, BSN students may “walk” early in May SON Commencement with documented approval of the BSN Program Director.

Approved by Administrative Council, 3/28/03; revised 0209; revised 02/14/12, 3/7/14 Y:sharedoc/Guidelines-Policies-Procedures/Student Participation in Commencement Ceremonies.doc; REVISED AND APPROVED BY AAC 3/28/2017