Candidates for Degrees – December 2023

Calendar of Events

December 2023 Commencement and Award Ceremony
Rehearsal & Reception: Tuesday, December 12, 2023 @ 1:00 p.m.
Reception Immediately Following Rehearsal
Place:   Human Development Center
411 S. Prieur St.
New Orleans, LA 70112
Commencement & Award Ceremony: Thursday, December 14, 2023 @ 10:00 a.m.
Place:   The Jung Hotel
1500 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70112

Graduation candidates must arrive no later than 9:00 a.m. the morning of the Commencement.

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; please notify the venue staff at arrival.

Admission is free. No tickets are required.

Parking: Hotel Valet $22 for 3 hours. There are three paid lots in a short walking distance of the hotel. Two on Canal Street and one on Cleveland Street across from Tulane Hospital starting at $5.00 per hour.


Friday, October 13, 2023 - Ordering of Regalia is the responsibility of the student. Online ordering for regalia is available: Students will select degree type and input the student ID number. The next step is select degree and input height and weight. Ensure all steps are completed for the order to process. The cap and gown package is included in the fee bill; this is the ordering process only. The Bookstore will send an email outlining the specific pick-up dates in mid-November. Please note the only shipping option is for Bookstore delivery- students will not be able to ship to home.

November 17, 2023 - Purchasing a BSN Nursing Pin is optional. If purchasing a pin, student must do so through the LSUHSC Bookstore.

November 30, 2023 - Any student that received federal student loans is required to complete the Financial Aid Exit Interview. Completion of end of semester course evaluations, surveys. Service Blocks: Payment of all financial indebtedness to the LSU System prior to commencement is a degree requirement.

November 30, 2023 - Verification documents are due for name changes/potential name change submitted in August to the Registrar’s Office. Last day for students to update their mailing and personal email addresses in self-service.

December 14, 2023 – Conferral Date.

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 requests must be submitted to Dr. Porche by November 1, 2023.

Pinning Request

BSN students have the opportunity to purchase a BSN Nursing Pin. Purchasing a Pin is optional.

The LSUHSC SON pin was developed in 1958 to identify the graduates of this program with both the University and the broad service area to which these graduates would contribute as professional nurses. The caduceus embedded in the floor of the lobby of the oldest building in the Louisiana State University Medical Center provided the central ides for the design of the pin. This Assyria-Babylonian symbol represents the Greek God Hermes, who is credited by historians with performing medical functions; it consists of a wand entwined with two serpents and bordered by two griffins. A band enriches the replica of Hermes’ caduceus on which the name of the University and the abbreviation for the degrees, BSN, is represented in raised Gothic letters.

Wearing the nursing pin is a source of pride; it symbolizes the right to serve others, acceptance of the responsibilities of the practice of Nursing, and the educational preparation of the wearer as graduates of this program. Pinning is a rite of passage that signals the transition of the student nurse to the professional nurse.

If purchasing a pin, the student must do so through the LSUHSC Bookstore by November 17, 2023. The pin will be picked up from the bookstore by the Office of Student Affairs and will be taken to the venue for the ceremony. The student will be given the pin when lined up to walk on stage. The student will be pinned by the Program Director.

The BSN student may have a family pin them on stage during the ceremony. The student 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 LSUHSC School of Nursing. The Office of Student Affairs will follow up with the student to confirm the request has been approved or denied. The student must order a BSN Nursing Pin to request to be pinned during the ceremony.

The Pinning Request form must be filled out by November 17, 2023.

Request Not to Participate

Students must submit an official, written request to the Dean of the School of Nursing, Dr. Demetrius Porche, to be excused from participating in Graduation. The request must include the reason for not participating.

Dress Code :School of Nursing Dress Code Guidelines

Commencement Announcement Options

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

Diploma Frames and Gift Items

Diploma frames are available for purchase in the LSUHSC Bookstore.

Commencement Dates

A commencement ceremony, honoring candidates for degrees of the respective professional schools of the LSU Health Sciences Center, will be held. Payment of all financial indebtedness to 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

Summer and Fall graduates are allowed to participate in the Spring ceremony. A student must contact the School of Nursing Office of Student Affairs if interested in participating in the Spring Commencement: Names will not be printed in the Spring Commencement program.

Thursday, December 14, 2023, 10:00am
Thursday, May 16, 2024, 10:00am
Thursday, December 12, 2024, 10:00am
Thursday, May 15, 2025, 10:00am
Thursday, December 11, 2025, 10:00am

*Additional School of Nursing requirements include: 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 Academic Catalog/Bulletin.