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Martez Smith receives his diploma.

Class of 2024

School of Nursing
Graduation Ceremony

The University of Rochester School of Nursing’s spring graduation ceremony honors the achievements of nursing graduates at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level as they go on to shape the future of health care, and recognizes annual student and faculty award winners. Celebrate with us on Friday, May 17, at 5 p.m. in Kodak Hall, located in Eastman Theatre.

Nursing students are also invited to join the University in celebrating the 174th Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 17 at 9 a.m., kicking off a weekend of celebrations and memorable events through Sunday, May 19. Congratulations to the Class of 2024!

What to Expect: Arrival & Check-In

All graduates should arrive at the Eastman Theatre (via the Oval Lobby Entrance on Gibbs Street) by 4:15 p.m. Please come with your regalia already on – leave your personal belongings with your family as there is nowhere to store these items. If you are a member of the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society, please wear your cords – these are worn over your hood. Guests will be allowed entry into the theatre beginning at 4:15 p.m. through the main entrance. Please remember there is a ceremony before ours and parking may be an issue so please give yourselves plenty of time to park.

Each graduate must check-in at the registration table in Lowry Hall and will be issued a name card. This card will have your name, including a phonetic pronunciation of your name (if you provided that when registering online). In addition, you may also be given an extra card if you are the first person alphabetically in your program, i.e. CNL, LHCS, etc. This extra card will be given to the reader so they are aware that a new group is beginning and they can properly announce that program. Also, students who have been notified they are receiving an award will be given an additional card with that information on it and the reader will announce that as well.

Other Details & FAQs

Where do I park?

There are many parking options for attendees. In addition to on-street parking, there is a city parking garage located next door at 475 East Main Street as well as a public lot across the street from Kodak Hall. Parking rates vary per event and range between $2-$10.

    Location: 475 East Main Street (additional entrances on Swan Street, East Avenue, and Scio Street)
    Location: 86 Gibbs Street
Is there a limit to guests?

For the School of Nursing Graduation Ceremony, there is no limit to the number of guests you can invite. We do, however, ask you to be mindful and not invite an excessive amount, as parking may be an issue and there is a ceremony before ours.

Will I receive my diploma during this event?

You will receive an empty diploma case on stage during the School of Nursing Graduation Ceremony. Your official diploma will be mailed to you sometime in June.

How long is the ceremony?

This ceremony should take about an hour and a half in length.

Are there photo opportunities during the graduation ceremony?

The School of Nursing will have a photographer during the event, capturing photos of each graduate as they cross the stage. Photos will be sent to graduates after the event. See previous Graduation Ceremony photo galleries here. There is also a celebration toolkit full of printable party materials and social media flair to help recognize the Class of 2024.

Is there a reception after the ceremony?

There will be an informal reception immediately after the ceremony across the street from Eastman Theatre in the Miller Courtyard. School of Nursing staff will be there to guide you to this location. Families, guests, and students are welcome to stay after the ceremony, enjoy hors d’oeuvres and beverages, and take pictures.

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