Graduation Materials

Graduation

To apply for graduation, students must log on to SIMS, click on Student Services and Financial AidStudent Records, and then Application for Diploma.

Graduation Forms

*Interactive forms may not work for Mac users or those with older computers. For best results, please use the most recent version of Adobe Reader. If an interactive form will not work for you, please print and complete the form, scan it, and send it to your advisor.

Be sure to check the Academic Calendar for form due dates.

Events

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Graduation Information

What is December Graduation?

December graduation is the commencement ceremony held in December for all summer and fall graduates. Each location (Shady Grove and Baltimore) hosts a separate event for their students. The ceremony is for nursing school graduates only. Each graduate’s name is called as they walk across the stage, along with any awards or honors. Undergraduates and CNL students are pinned.

Students must RSVP. Diplomas are NOT distributed.

What are dates, times, and locations of the events?

Shady Grove: 1 p.m. Friday, December 11, 2015 in Building II

Baltimore: 1 p.m. Monday, December 14, 2015 at the Hippodrome Theater

Is academic regalia required for both ceremonies?

Yes! Students cannot participate in either ceremony without a cap and gown (academic regalia). Please make sure the gown is in accordance with the degree you are receiving. Please contact the University’s bookstore at 410-706-7788 to order your regalia.

All CNL and baccalaureate students (including RN-to-BSN and RN-to-MS students) must purchase a red stole for pinning from the bookstore. If you purchase your regalia from the bookstore, the stole is included. Stoles may be purchased separately from the bookstore if you choose to buy your regalia from a different vendor.

I am a receiving my doctorate.  What happens at graduation?

To prepare for graduation, all doctoral students should watch the video “Hooding: How To.” (Do NOT pin your cap as you will remove it for hooding). All doctoral (DNP and PhD) students are hooded during graduation. 

I am receiving my master’s degree.  What happens at graduation?

Student receiving their master’s degree are called to the stage by their specialty. Upon reaching the stage, each student is announced by the assistant dean for the master of science program. Student processes across the stage to shake hands with the dean and specialty director. CNL students are pinned.

I am a BSN (including RN-to-BSN) or CNL student. What happens at graduation?

All BSN and CNL students are pinned. RN-to-BSN students who may have previously been pinned will receive a second pin from the University of Maryland School of Nursing to signify the completion of their BSN degree. RN-to-MS students completing their undergraduate degree are also pinned.

Students are announced on stage along with the relationship of their pinner. BSN and CNL students are strongly encouraged to attend the pinning rehearsal. (See the graduation week events schedule.)

All CNL and baccalaureate students (including RN-to-BSN and RN-to-MS students) must purchase a red stole for pinning from the bookstore. If you purchase your regalia from the bookstore, the stole is included. Stoles may be purchased separately from the bookstore if you choose to buy your regalia from a different vendor.

How long is the ceremony?

The length of the ceremony depends on how many students participate. The ceremony should last no longer than 2 hours.

Will my guest(s) need a ticket to attend?

No. Graduates may invite as many guests as they wish to either ceremony.

Is there a place I can store personal items?

There is no storage place at the venue for personal items. Please give articles to a family member or friend to hold for you. Storing items under your chair is discouraged as graduates may not return to the same seat after leaving the stage. UMSON staff cannot take responsibility for personal items.

When will I get my diploma?

Diplomas will be mailed to the address listed in SURFS during approximately the third week in January. Please be sure the address in SURFS is the location you want the diploma delivered.

When will my transcript reflect my degree?

Degrees are posted on the transcript after January 4. If you would like to order a transcript with your degree on it, login to SURFS and select "request a transcript." Click the box that says, “hold for degree.” Once the degree is posted, a transcript is mailed to the address you provided on the request form.

May I pick up my diploma instead of having it mailed?

Yes. You must notify the University Registrar’s Office in writing at orr@umaryland.edu to arrange a pick up. Please include your name and date/time for pick-up.

I am a BSN or CNL graduate. Who can pin me?

You may choose your pinner. One person is allowed to pin you. Pinners sit with graduates in a section separate from other guests. Due to safety concerns, children under 12 are not allowed on the theatre floor. If you do not have a pinner, a faculty member will perform the honor.

Do I have to buy a nursing pin?

No. Each BSN and CNL student will receive a replica pin at the ceremony; however you must purchase the red stole from the bookstore. The stole may be purchased separately, or it will be included if you buy your regalia from the bookstore. If you purchased a pin from the bookstore, you may replace the pin provided on the stole.

Do I have to attend the NCLEX review at the School?

BSN and CNL students are required to complete a live review. The school provides a four-day review. Please contact Diane Whiteley, coordinator for academic affairs, at 410-706-6711 or whiteley@son.umaryland.edu for any questions regarding NCLEX review and applying for RN license.

What if I have other questions?

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Office of Records and Registration by email (registration@son.umaryland.edu) or phone (410-706-2799).

After Graduation

Do you have questions about the NCLEX, NCLEX Live Review, or applying for your RN license? Contact Diane Whiteley, coordinator for Academic Affairs, at 410-706-6711 or whiteley@son.umaryland.edu