Ceremonies are scheduled for Thursday, May 15, 2014:
2:00 -3:00 pm Graduation for all students- Swinney Recreation
3:15 – 4:00 pm Reception for all students (Sponsored by the SNA) – Pierson Auditorium
4:00 – 5:00 pm The Pinning Ceremony for the BSN, Accelerated, & RN-BSN nursing students only – Swinney Recreation
All parking is complimentary. Please leave all personal items with family members or other guests as there is no secure place for them to be stored during the ceremony.
Select Photo-Grapics are scheduled to be here on Tuesday, February 11th in room HSB 3421 between the hours of 12:00-3:00 pm. Please have the order form completed for February 11th. The sitting fee every student will have to pay to be photographed is $30. That will get you four 3×4 preview prints and a 12×16 miniature composite. Please see the form for additional information on the packages that are offered to you.
If you are unable to take your attend on February, you will have to go to their studio to be photographed. You will have to set up a day and time within one week of the original photo event, so by February 18th.
Jack W. Zelinko
Director of Photography
office: 816.781.7442 ext 303
To help us ensure that there are plenty of seats for both students and their guests you must RSVP to the Commencement website AND to Brenda Riggs by April 11th (WEBSITE OPENS IN MARCH). When responding to the RSVP site, please include the phonetic pronunciation of your full name to help announcers correctly announce your name during the ceremony. No tickets are required.
If you anticipate your guests needing special arrangements such as wheelchair access or assistance for the hearing impaired, please note this on the RSVP website (OPENS IN MARCH) and also contact Brenda Riggs at email@example.com.UMKC police will be on hand to direct vehicles with access needs on the day of commencement.
Parking, including handicapped is available at the Atterbury Student Success, Performing Arts Center, and all other campus parking structures. Maps and directions available online: http://www.umkc.edu/maps/
Purchasing Regalia/Ordering Announcements
Students should plan to attend the Grad Fair held in the UMKC Volker Bookstore on Tuesday, March 18th and Wednesday, March 19th to purchase and/or order regalia, announcements, etc. The bookstore offers a 10% discount on those two dates. If you order on-line during those two days you will receive the 10% discount too. The academic dress for the Nursing degree must be purchased. The tassel color for BSN, MSN and DNP degrees is Apricot, and the tassel color for Ph.D. in Nursing is Gold. The hood for the MSN and DNP is Apricot, and for Ph.D. the hood is Royal Blue.
Tassel Nursing Apricot with Year Charm-Price: $3.99
Tassel Health Sciences Sage Green with Year Charm-Price: $3.99
Health Sciences Sage Green Stole: $19.99
Bachelor Cap & Gown Set-Price: $24.99
Graduation cap for all degrees-Price: $4.99
Caps are worn horizontally, with the tassel on the right side.
Women wear caps throughout the ceremony-Men remove caps for the National Anthem.
Please wear caps during the rest of the ceremony and the recessional.
DNP and Ph.D. students carry their hoods over their right arms until they cross the stage and are officially hooded.
- If you are wondering about Latin Honors, please visit the Registrar’s graduation website or go to http://www.umkc.edu/registrar/graduation/default.asp#anchor-4
- If you belong to Lambda Phi, our chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) and have questions about that honor cord, please contact Judy Jellison in Student Services
- If you are a member of one of the many UMKC organizations, please contact that group to see if they have honor cords
Nursing Stoles and Nursing Pins (optional) BSN STUDENTS ONLY
Herff Jones Graduation Company is scheduled to here on Tuesday February 11th in room HSB 4303 from 12:00 – 3:00 pm.
Please complete the order form for February 11th
- Embroidered Apricot Stole – $19.50
- Gold Plated Nursing Pin – $53.50
- Gold Filled Nursing Pin – $72.15
You have the option to order a gold plated or gold filled nursing pin. The SoNHS pin is not designed by degree; all students will receive the same pin personalized with your initials and year of graduation. Orders are made through the Herff Jones Graduation Company.
Every student graduating will receive a UMKC Alumni Kangaroo Pin on the day of Graduation from your School of Nursing& Health Studies Alumni President (no purchase necessary). If you would like to order a UMKC School of Nursing pin (different from the alumni pin) and isunable to attend on Feb. 4th place your stole or pin order. Feel free to visit www.herffjones.com/college/graduation (closing date for website is Friday, March 14th)
If you have any issues using the website please contact Tena Harman at 417-788-2291 or the Customer Service Center at 1-800-837-4235.
The annual pinning ceremony is a time-honored nursing school tradition dating back before the turn of the twentieth century. Graduates receive the Department pin signifying successful completion of the baccalaureate nursing curriculum. A pinning ceremony is a symbolic welcoming of newly graduated nurses into the nursing profession. The new nurses are presented with nursing pins by the Dean of the nursing school. A nursing pin is a type of badge, usually made of metal such as gold or silver, which is worn by nurses to identify the nursing school from which they graduated.
Each school has a distinctive pin with its own meaning. Surrounded by the school name, at the center of the UMKC pin is the traditional nursing lamp. This symbol originated with Florence Nightingale, who carried the lamp on her nightly rounds at Scutari during the Crimean war. The soldiers respected her devotion for healing the sick and gave her the title of “Lady with the Lamp.” The blue and gold flames emanating from the lamp symbolize your lifelong quest for truth and learning. The pin is gold, representing how precious your education and calling are to society. Whether you are graduating with you BSN, MSN, DNP, or PhD wear your pin with pride and a true sense of accomplishment
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