Celebrating Nursing Graduates
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing: Hawaii Statewide Nursing Consortium BS and Executive RN to BS
- Master of Science in Nursing: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Advanced Population Health Nursing, and Family Nurse Practitioner
- 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.
Spring 2018 Nursing Recognition Ceremony
Thursday, May 10, 2018
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.
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 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.
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.