Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing

Students receiving a Bachelor of Science in Nursing will participate in the Undergraduate Studies diploma ceremony. Students receiving the following degrees participate in the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing diploma ceremony: 

  • MSN: Master of Science in Nursing
  • MN: Master of Nursing
  • DNP: Doctor of Nursing Practice

See below details for the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing diploma ceremony. 

Commencement Registration and Preparation
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing

Event Date/Time Location Details
Commencement Registration Begins Friday, March 1
9:00 a.m
Register online. All students attending any of the commencement ceremonies are required to register by Monday, April 1, 2019, at 5:00 p.m.
Doctoral Fitting Wednesday, March 6
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 15
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 2019 Wednesday, March 27 and Thursday, March 28 
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 Monday, April 1
5:00 p.m. EDT
Register online. Deadline for registering to participate in commencement ceremonies.
Convocation Ticket Pick Up Mid-April 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 10   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 17
2:00 p.m. Sign In
4:00 p.m. Procession
Maltz Performing Arts Center, 1855 Ansel Road, Cleveland 2:00 p.m. Sign In / New Alumni Welcome - 
Refreshments will be provided for Faculty and Graduates. Photo composites will also be taken at this time. 

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.

Please register for this event.

Commencement Day Schedule
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing
Sunday, May 19, 2019

Time Event Location Details
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 highly encouraged to attend convocation.
11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. School of Nursing Reception Judson Manor
1890 East 107th Street

Please register for this event

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: Loressa Cole, DNP, MBA, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC
American Nurses Association (ANA) Enterprise CEO

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. Jackson--MN graduates; Dr. Brooks--MSN graduates; Dr. Brooks 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 Musil 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 19 until 6:00 p.m.

Contact Information

If you have additional questions or need more information, contact Christine Borkan at 216.368.2183 or email