Graduation is a tradition in itself, but smaller traditions take place leading up to graduation. The traditions at Radford University start with graduation meetings for clubs, honors society and end with the Spring Commencement Ceremony.
Nursing school pinning is the most looked forward to tradition in your nursing school career. Pins are most often presented by a graduates’ loved one or a faculty member of the nursing school. The pinning of the nurses is a symbolic welcoming to the new nurses.
Latin Honors Society has a tradition for graduates as well; the graduates are presented with awards for a GPA starting at 3.5 all the way to 4.0. There are three different stages of awards, starting with Summa Cum Laude “with the highest honor”, Magna Cum Laude “with great honor”, and finally Cum Laude “with honor”.
After all the other festivities the ultimate tradition happens, graduation. Students have worked four years or more for this moment. Graduates at Radford University walk in on Moffett Lawn behind bagpipe players. The commencement speaker is one of the most memorable moments besides the graduates walking across the stage. The commencement speaker provides motivation to graduates by elaborating on their experience after graduation. Students are then called by major to receive their diplomas.