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Event Rescheduled

The Spring 2020 Nursing Recognition Ceremony has been rescheduled. This decision was made as a precautionary health measure to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Thank you for your understanding. Information about a rescheduled event date/time will be posted in the future.

Posted: 3/24/2020

Celebrating Nursing Graduates

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: Hawaii Statewide Nursing Consortium BS and RN to BS
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Advanced Population Health Nursing
  • Doctoral Degrees in Nursing: Doctor of Nursing Practice and PhD

A long-standing nursing tradition is the “pinning” of new nursing graduates to welcome them to the nursing profession. Merging this tradition with the local tradition of giving a lei during times of celebration, an alumni pin is affixed to a ribbon lei provided by the School, that is presented to each graduate during the ceremony. Recognition Ceremony is the same as Pinning Ceremony and honors graduates from UH Manoa Nursing. This event is not the same as the UH Manoa Commencement.

Event Information

Spring 2020 Nursing Recognition Ceremony
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Hawaii Convention Center, Kalakaua Ballroom

  • Graduates report at 2:15 p.m.
  • Ballroom doors open 4:45 p.m.
  • Ceremony commences at 5:30 p.m.


Visit Hawaii Convention Center for driving directions and parking information. Plan to arrive early as there may be heavy traffic in the area.


No tickets are issued. Graduates are welcomed to invite as many guests as they wish. Seating is first-come, first-served. Doors open at 4:45 p.m. We strongly recommend that guests arrive early as doors to the ballroom will close promptly at 5:30 p.m. and will reopen approximately 5 minutes later, after the graduate processional is complete. All guests will be restricted to the general seating areas. Guests should not sit in a reserved seat or row, unless it is prearranged and your name is on the seat.

Ballroom Regulations

Balloons and noisemakers/horns are not allowed at the Hawaii Convention Center. Smoking and/or use of electronic cigarettes is not permitted in the Hawaii Convention Center.

Pictures and Video

Guests may take photography and video only from their seats. Flash photography is strictly prohibited. A photographer will take individual photographs of students as they are recognized on stage. After the Recognition Ceremony, graduates will receive a link to view their photos online. Photographs may be ordered from the photographers at that time.

Seating for Guests with Disabilities

As you enter the Hawaii Convention Center Kalakaua Ballroom, ushers will be available to assist you as needed. Students who have guests with disability access needs should inform the school at least two weeks before the event.

Presenters / Pinners

A long-standing tradition is that each student invites two individuals of their choice to participate in Recognition Ceremony. These two individuals will be guided on stage to present each graduate with a ribbon lei provided by the School, affixed with a UHM Nursing alumni pin. Students will have their photo taken with their presenters on stage and the photo will be available for purchase following Recognition Ceremony.

No Wheelchairs

UH Manoa Nursing does not provide wheelchairs for Recognition Ceremony. If guests are in need of a wheelchair, please make your own arrangements prior to the event.

Meeting Graduates After the Ceremony

Immediately following the recessional, graduates will be escorted to appropriate alphabetical signs outside of the ballroom to meet their families. We recommend that graduates consider meeting guests with physical disabilities at a predetermined location outside of the ballroom.

No Lei Vendors

Lei will not be available for purchase at the event.



Picture of Carlyn Minster, MEdT
Carlyn Minster, MEdT
Recruitment & Outreach Coordinator
School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene
University of Hawaii at Manoa
2528 McCarthy Mall, Webster Hall 422
Honolulu, HI 96822
Phone: 808-956-0896
Fax: 808-956-3257
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