UH System chancellor to address UHV nursing graduates at pinning ceremony

KATY – University of Houston System Chancellor Renu Khator will be the keynote speaker for Saturday’s University of Houston-Victoria School of Nursing Pinning Ceremony, featuring the largest ever class of UHV nurse graduates.

Renu Khator
Renu Khator

The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. in the Leonard E. Merrell Center, 6301 S. Stadium Lane. It will follow UHV’s fall commencement ceremony. During the pinning ceremony, students will receive a pin as part of a long nursing tradition.

The School of Nursing has 91 candidates for graduation, its largest class ever, according to Kathryn Tart, founding dean of the UHV School of Nursing.

“We are honored to have the chancellor address our graduates for the first time,” Tart said. “This makes our pinning ceremony that much more special to our graduates, who will become part of the community of our honored profession.”

Kathryn Tart
Kathryn Tart

Tart will give the greeting at the pinning ceremony. Graduates will receive degrees from the school’s Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Second Degree BSN and Master of Science in Nursing programs.

Khator is chancellor of the UH System and president of UH. She was appointed in 2008 and is the first Indian immigrant to head a comprehensive public research university in the U.S.

She oversees a four-university system that serves 65,200 students, has an annual budget of more than $1.3 billion, and generates a $3.5 billion impact on the Greater Houston area each year.

Tart said the ceremony is a special way to recognize the hard work of the graduates. The nursing pin lets patients know that the nurse taking care of them has graduated from a university program. UHV has its own unique pin. The pin tradition is traced back to the late 1800s when Florence Nightingale placed the Maltese Cross on the lapels of her nursing school graduates.

“Since the school’s beginning, we have focused on rigorous and quality nursing education,” Tart said. “Our rapid growth has shown that we are meeting the demand for more nurses with advanced degrees.”

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.

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