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Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing

Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing

** All below information pertains to Commencement 2017. Information will be updated in January 2018. 

Commencement Registration and Preparation
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing

EventDate / TimeLocationDetails
Commencement Registration Begins
Wednesday, March 1
9:00 a.m.
Registration is closed. 
All students attending any of the commencement ceremonies are required to register by Saturday, April 1, 2017, at 5:00 p.m.
Doctoral Fitting
Thursday, March 2
10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
School of Law
Graduates can be measured for their regalia and can register to participate in commencement ceremonies.
Doctoral Fitting
Friday, March 17
8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Tinkham Veale University Center, Main Floor
Graduates can be measured for their regalia and can register to participate in commencement ceremonies.
Grad Fair 2017
Wednesday, March 29 and Thursday, March 30 
10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
University Bookstore
Graduates can visit the Grad Fair to take care of their graduation planning and celebration needs. View details for Grad Fair >
Commencement Registration Deadline
Saturday, April 1
5:00 p.m. EDT
Registration is closed. 
Deadline for registering to participate in commencement ceremonies.
Convocation Ticket Pick Up
For MN, MSN and DNP graduates only: School of Nursing, Student Services, Ground Floor Room NOA44
When tickets are ready, you will be notified via email.
Fee Payment Deadline
Friday, May 12
Be sure that all your financial obligations to the university, including outstanding tuition and any parking or library fines, are paid. Diplomas will be withheld until financial obligations are met.
Pinning and Awards Ceremony
Friday, May 19
2:30 p.m. Line Up
4:00 p.m. Procession
Maltz Performing Arts Center, 1855 Ansel Road
2:30 p.m. Sign In/Line Up - 
Students should arrive early to give us time for a class picture of each group (BSN, MN, MSN, DNP, & PhD).

4:00 p.m. Procession begins (led by bagpiper)
Please dress in semi-formal wear (no cap and gown). Ceremony lasts between 60-90 minutes.

Pinner(s) are to sit with family and/or guests. We recommend they sit closer to the aisle and be ready to come up when your name is called.


Commencement Day Schedule
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing
Sunday, May 21, 2017

8:15 a.m.
Convocation Robing and Line Up (Graduates)
  • MN, MSN & DNP: School of Nursing, First Floor Lounge
  • PhD: School of Graduate Studies, Tomlinson Hall
  • BSN: School of Undergraduate Studies, Sears Building
9:30 a.m.
University Convocation
Veale Convocation Center
This is a ticketed event. Convocation includes the presentation of honorary degrees, a commencement address and the conferring of degrees by the president of the university.  School of Nursing graduates are encouraged, but not required to attend convocation.
11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
School of Nursing Reception
Judson Manor
1890 East 107th Street
Open to MN, MSN, DNP and PhD graduates only and their guests (children welcome) as well as alumni. BSN graduates are welcome to attend as guests. Shuttle service to Judson Manor will be available, departing from in front of the Wolstein Research Building.

Upon arrival, please check-in with staff at the check-in table. A white index card (with your name & phonetic spelling) will be given to you. Please hold on to it and don’t lose it. This card is handed to the reader to have your name read and diploma presented at the ceremony.
1:45 p.m.
Graduate Line Up
Judson Manor
1890 East 107th Street
Line-up for processional to School of Nursing Diploma Ceremony, Judson Manor – led by a bagpiper.

Graduates and faculty not attending the University Convocation can robe at Judson Manor.
2:30 p.m.
School of Nursing Diploma Ceremony
University Circle United Methodist Church
1919 East 107th Street
Speaker: Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD - Director of the National Library of Medicine

Instructions for Presentation of Diploma & Hooding:
You will be carrying your hood on your arm. Please make certain that your hood is unbuttoned. When your name is called to receive your diploma, you will walk to the reader, give him/her your card and then give your hood to your hooder (Dr. Lindell – MN graduates; Dr. Brooks – MSN graduates; Dr. Higgins or Academic Advisor – DNP graduates). It will help the person hooding you if you bend your knees (without leaning forward) to lower yourself so that the hood can be placed over your head. After you have been hooded, walk over to Dean Kerr to receive your diploma, pose for a picture and return to your seat.
Before 6:00 p.m.
Rental Cap and Gown Drop Off
University Bookstore,
11451 Euclid Avenue
Following commencement rental regalia should be returned to the University Bookstore, open May 21 until 6:00 p.m.


Contact Information

If you have additional questions or need more information, contact the Office of Student Services, 216.368.2529 or email the commencement coordinator at