Candidates for Degrees – May 2020

Calendar of Events

Mandatory Awards Program
Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Time: 8:00am
Place:   UNO Lakefront Arena
6801 Franklin Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70122

May 2020 Commencement
Date: Thursday, May 14, 2020
Time: 10:00am
Place:   UNO Lakefront Arena
6801 Franklin Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70122

Mandatory Rehearsal and Reception
Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2020 @ 1:00pm
Time: Immediately Following Rehearsal
Place: School of Nursing
Rehearsal-Lecture Hall A (LHA), 2nd floor and Reception-Tiger Room, 1st floor
1900 Gravier Street
New Orleans, LA 70112

Graduation candidates must arrive no later than 8:45am the morning of graduation.

Students will be notified as soon as possible of any changes.

Admission and seating for Commencement is on a first come first serve basis. Handicap seating is available. Admission is free. No tickets are required.


April 17, 2020 - Any student that received any form of financial aid is required to complete the Financial Aid Exit Interview. Service Blocks: Payment of all financial indebtedness the LSU System prior to commencement is a degree requirement.

April 17, 2020 – Ordering of BSN Nursing Pins

April 17, 2020 – Completion of the end of semester course evaluations, surveys, and all mandatory admission/enrollment/graduation requirements.

Special Request for Diploma Presentation

Students must submit an official, written request to the Dean of the School of Nursing, Dr. Demetrius Porche, to have someone other than the Dean present diplomas. Considerations are given for a family member employed as a LSUHSC full-time faculty or an elected official. The request must include: student name, name of presenter, relationship, and LSUHSC affiliation. All written request for the May 2020 Commencement must be submitted to Dr. Porche by April 24, 2020.

Pinning Request

BSN students must submit a written request to be pinned by a family member. The family member must be a Registered Nurse and a graduate from the LSUHNO School of Nursing. The Pinning Request form December be hand delivered to the Assistant Dean for Students Services, Dr. Kendra M. Barrier, office #4C1, or the Office of Student Services/Affairs, office #3C3. Students must purchase the LSUHSC School of Nursing pin from the LSUHSC Bookstore.

May 2020 Commencement Announcements Options:

  1. Personalized announcements for the May 2020 Commencement may be ordered online from Herff Jones or from the following link:
  2. Blank 2020 Commencement announcements, with the official Health Sciences Center seal, for May 2020 commencement may be purchased from the LSUHSC Bookstore.

Diploma Frames and Gift Items

Diploma frames are available for purchase in the LSHHSC Bookstore.

Graduation Form
All May 2020 graduation candidates must complete and submit the Student Graduation Form by April 17, 2020. The form is located on the left side of this page.

The LSUHSC Registrar is responsible for all official name changes. Please submit any name change request to the Registrar’s office by April 4, 2020.

Transcript Request
All students must complete the Transcript Request, located on the left side of this page. Students are requesting: an Official Transcript for Initial Licensure upon Graduation. Official transcripts are required for initial licensure examinations and for certification examinations. The completed Transcript Request must be turned in during orientation, January 6, 2020.

Commencement Dates

Information as published in the General Section of the 2019-2020 LSUHSC-NO Academic Catalog/Bulletin beginning in 2006, a single commencement ceremony, honoring candidates for degrees of the respective professional schools of the LSU Health Sciences Center, will be held each academic year. Payment of all financial indebtedness the LSU System prior to commencement, as well as attendance at commencement, unless excused, in writing by the student’s Dean, is a degree requirement.*

Thursday, May 14, 2020, 10:00am
Thursday, May 13, 2021, 10:00am
Thursday, May 12, 2022, 10:00am

Students completing academic requirements during a semester in which commencement ceremony is not held will have their degrees conferred at the end of the academic term. Conferral dates will generally be the second Saturday in August and the second Thursday in December.*

Thursday, December 10, 2020
Thursday, December 09, 2021
Thursday, December 08, 2022

*Additional School of Nursing requirements includes, but limited to: completion of all end of course evaluations, Skyfactor’s Benchworks exit survey (formerly known as EBI), must attend rehearsal and awards ceremony. Additional information is listed in the Nursing section of the LSUHSC-NO Academic Catalog/Bulletin.