School of Nursing

Graduation & Pinning

Apply to Graduate

Apply for graduation a year prior to your anticipated graduation date. For graduation advising, information on fulfillment of degree requirements, and the graduation application, visit Graduation Advising(opens in new window). Graduation advisors are available in-person, by phone and via email to assist with questions and issues concerning graduation requirements.

Postbaccalaureate Students: Postbaccalaureate students (students earning their second degree) in either the Basic BSN or RN-BSN program must submit a Major Clearance Form (PDF) to Julie Garnett at jgarnett@csuchico.edu a year prior to graduation.


Pinning Ceremony

Pinning Ceremony takes place the Friday of finals week from 1 - 3 PM in the BMU Auditorium. If you wish to participate in the Pinning Ceremony, email Paul Herman at pherman@csuchico.edu at least two months prior to the ceremony. 


Ordering Nursing Pins

Nursing pins are ordered two months prior to the Pinning Ceremony.

  • Basic BSN Students: Order nursing pins from the 5th semester student representative delegated to distribute and collect nursing pin order forms. 
  • RN-BSN Students: Contact the School of Nursing at 530-898-5891 or email nursstudent@csuchico.edu for instructions on ordering nursing pins. 

Commencement Ceremony

The Commencement Ceremony is separate from the Pinning Ceremony and is for all CSU, Chico graduates. You need to register to participate in it, visit Commencement(opens in new window) for more information on the Commencement Ceremony. 

female nursing student at graduation on stage with husband and daughter