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  Update: The university has not yet made a decision regarding Spring Commencement weekend. The School of Nursing is monitoring the situation and will let students and their families know as soon as a decision has been made. We’re thinking of all our students and their families during this time, and we hope you all stay safe and healthy.

The School of Nursing will hold the 2020 Spring Graduation Ceremony on Thursday, May 7th, at 6:30pm in Carmichael Arena.  Our commencement speaker will be the President of the American Nursing Association, Ernest Grant.

The school will host a reception prior to the ceremony, beginning at 5pm at Joan H. Gillings Center for Dramatic Art.

Please arrive at Concourse C of the Smith Center no later than 5:45 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.

The University’s Spring Commencement is planned for Sunday, May 10th at 9:00 am in Kenan Stadium.

Logistics and Parking

Parking will be available for purchase in Cobb deck, Highway 54/Raleigh Rd. Visitors lot, School of Government lot, and metered spaces along Country Club and South Road.

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