Convocation, Graduation, and Class Portrait

Nursing Convocation

Convocation is a pinning ceremony where nursing faculty welcome newly graduated students into the nursing profession. It is typically held the Thursday evening before graduation. All convocating undergraduates and graduates and their families are invited to attend. Graduate students receive their nursing hood, which they will wear to their University of Memphis commencement ceremony. After students are given their pin or graduate hood, students and faculty recite the International Pledge for Nurses, affirming their intention to practice safely, responsibly, and ethically.

Graduation Application & Regalia

Students are instructed by the U of M Commencement Office to submit a graduation application in the semester before they are scheduled to graduate. Cap and gown orders at no cost are included in the application, and regalia are picked up at the Commencement Office the day before convocation. Students wear graduation gowns to both convocation and graduation. Students inducted in Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society may wear purple cords over their gowns; LCON SNA members may wear blue cords.


Student degrees are confirmed by the University President at commencement ceremonies held three times a year. Students are encouraged to celebrate this momentous event with their families and friends. For more information about graduation, click here.

Class Portrait

Each graduating class in the Loewenberg College of Nursing is recognized by a composite portrait of each student in academic regalia, which permanently hangs in the College. All graduating students are encouraged to have their composite pictures made. Composite pictures are taken in mid-October for Fall, Spring and Summer graduates. Dates are posted on the Canvas advising sites. Students can schedule their photo session through AppointmentPlus.