BSN Convocation Ceremony | College of Nursing | Kent State University

BSN Convocation Ceremony

Friday, May 10, 2019 - 6:00pm
Kent Student Center

Graduates, please arrive no later than 6:00 p.m. and gather in the balcony. Leave all personal belongings with a friend or family member, as you will go directly from the balcony to your seats.

Order of the Evening

Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. Graduates will gather in the balcony and guests will locate seating in the auditorium. At 6:30 p.m., the processional will begin and the graduates will locate their seats. The program will commence with introductory remarks and greetings. Then, a guest speaker will give the Convocation Address. Following the address will be the announcement of graduates and the presentation of pins and flowers. Once all graduates have been pinned, they will recite the class pledge. The evening will conclude with closing remarks and a photo slideshow featuring photos provided by the graduates.


Registration is complimentary for the graduate and a few additional guests. All graduates must register themselves and their guests online to attend. There is no need for paper tickets or to print your confirmation email. Guest seating for Convocation is general admission. ADA seating is available. Graduates can request ADA seating for guests when registering for Convocation online. 

Honors Cords

The wearing of honors cords (and all other cords) is a part of Commencement, not the Convocation ceremony. If you are eligible to receive Institutional Honors, you will receive more information about honors cords in an email from University Ceremonies.

Graduates who are receiving Institutional Honors will be recognized during the Convocation ceremony.

Dress Code

Graduates are encouraged to wear appropriate attire to participate in Convocation. Keep in mind you will walk up stairs and across the stage. We recommend the following:

  • Women: Dress/skirt of an appropriate length, slacks, and blouse.
  • Men: Slacks, shirt with a collar, shoes.

Tank tops, t-shirts, shorts, flip-flops, or athletic shoes are not permitted.

Pin Information

Those graduates who have ordered College of Nursing pins may pick up their pin box after the ceremony. They will be placed on the reception table just outside of the ballroom.

Pins not delivered prior to convocation will be shipped to the home address once graduation has been confirmed.

In the event you are unable to attend Convocation, you may arrange to pick up your pin the Monday after Convocation, or by special arrangement prior to Convocation by contacting Ruth Pittman at 330-672-8769.


Parking will be available in the Visitor Parking Lot near the Kent Student Center. Overflow parking is available in the C Campus Center lot across the street. There will be no charge for parking this evening, and there is no need for parking passes.

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The physical and GPS address for the Kent Student Center is 1075 Risman Dr, Kent, OH 44242.

Doors Open

The doors will open at 6:00 p.m. (30 minutes prior to the event).


If you have any further questions, please contact