December 17, 2018

2019 College of Nursing Convocation Ceremony
Jerome Schottenstein Center
Saturday, May 4, 2019
12:00 p.m.

You are invited to attend the 2019 College of Nursing Convocation Ceremony on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at noon at the Jerome Schottenstein Center. Convocation is a very special ceremony for all graduates, their friends, and families. As the graduate, you will be celebrated by the faculty and staff of the College of Nursing. 

During the Convocation Ceremony, BSN students will receive their nursing pin, Master's, Post-Master's and Health and Wellness Innovation in Healthcare students will receive certificates of recognition, and doctoral students will be hooded by their advisor. In addition, specialty awards and honors from the college will be presented.

Diplomas will be distributed at The Ohio State University Spring Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 5, 2019. Please visit the Commencement Ceremony website for more information about graduation. 

Convocation Ceremony Information:


Jerome Schottenstein Center
555 Borror Drive
Columbus, OH 43210

Graduates and guests are encouraged to arrive at the North West entrance of the Jerome Schottenstein Center.

Graduates should arrive at 11:00 a.m., one hour prior to the start of the ceremony. 

Tickets are not required for graduates or guests.

Graduating Students Expected Attire:

Graduates are expected to wear the proper academic regalia to participate in the Convocation Ceremony.

Visit the Commencement Ceremony website for a description of the proper regalia for undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students. The website also contains information for the purchase/rental of gowns.

Directions and Parking Information:

Parking at the Jerome Schottenstein Center is free to graduates and guests.

Helpful Link:

Directions and Parking

December 12, 2018

The Graduate Entry Pinning and White Coat Ceremony is a formal celebration of your successful completion of prelicensure coursework and the progression to the master’s specialty portion of the program. A cake reception will immediately follow.

Please check your Ohio State email address for the formal invitation to RSVP. Below are important details and instructions for your participation in the event.


Ceremony Instructions for Participants

Please carefully read the following information. We do not have a rehearsal for this event, therefore being familiar with these instructions is vital.



Ample parking is available at the Fawcett Event Center for students, family and guests. On February 8, only during the hours designated for this event, CampusParc will temporarily waive permit requirements in designated A, B and C parking spaces. Please note that all regulations and laws pertain to parking in designated disability/accessibility parking spaces. 


  • Business attire is required. Graduation regalia, uniforms, scrubs, etc. are not to be worn for this event.
  • Bring your white coat with you. Students will carry their white coat draped over their arm during the processional for the white coat portion of the ceremony.
  • White coats can be purchased through The Medical Store website using School Code: OSU2018. Please refer to your Uniform and Equipment packet for additional ordering information. Please note, having a white coat is not required to participate in the ceremony
  • There will be stairs one each end of the stage. Students will use these stairs to enter and exit the stage. Please take this into consideration when selecting footwear. 
  • There will not be a secured area for valuables (purses, phones, etc.) during the ceremony. Students are encouraged to lock valuables in their vehicle or leave them with family members prior to registration.
Registration Information
  • Students are expected to register between 3:00 - 3:15 p.m. Registration tables will be located in the Clinton Room. There will be staff at the entrance of the Fawcett Event Center to direct you.
  • Students will remain in the Clinton Room after registration. Students will begin lining up at 3:40 p.m. to prepare for the processional.
  • Only students are permitted in the Clinton Room before the ceremony. Family members will be directed to the Conference Theater. Doors open at 3:00 p.m.
  • Students will receive a card with their name and a number printed on it at registration.
    • If your name is commonly mispronounced, print the phonetic spelling of your name in clear, large print in the space provided. 
    • The number corresponds to your place in line for the processional.
    • You will give this card to the announcer when you go onstage to be pinned. Keep it with you. 
  • Students will receive a ribbon with their nursing pin on it at registration.
    • You will carry this with you onstage and give the ribbon to the faculty pinner who will pin it on you.
  • The processional will begin promptly at 4:00 p.m. Staff members will direct you before, during and after the ceremony. Please watch for their cues.
  • Students will sit in the reserved section in the Conference Theater. You will not be sitting with family or guests.

White Coat: 

  • Students will carry their white coats with them in the processional to their seats.
  • Students will be instructed during the ceremony to stand together at their seats and put on their white coats.

Presentation of Pins: 

  • Students will carry the ribbons with the nursing pin and the name card with them onstage. 
  • Students will be prompted by row to stand and approach the stage.
  • Students will walk to the stage steps on the right side of the stage where a staff member will be waiting.
  • Students will be sent one at a time up the steps and hand the name card to the speaker at the podium.
  • Students will walk to the middle of the stage as their name is read.
    • Students are to walk directly to the furthest available pinner. Students will hand their ribbon to the faculty member, who will attach the pin to their lapel.
    • Do not wait for a particular faculty person to finish with another student so they can pin you.
  • After being pinned, proceed to be congratulated by administration and receive a certificate.
  • Students then exit the stage at the far end and return to their seat.


  • When the ceremony ends, the faculty will exit the stage and lead the recessional out.
  • A staff member will release students to follow the faculty beginning with the front row.
  • Students will return to the Clinton Room to join family and friends for a cake and coffee reception.

Family and friends are invited to proceed to the Clinton Room immediately following the ceremony for a cake and coffee reception.

If you have any additional questions about this information, please email Courtney Cartee