So is this your begining of senior year capping? we had a black banding ceremony, which was lovely. It was very moving, and my school had a long history with this ceremony. We all chose a nurse who was special to us to be the person who place the black banded cap for us. Some choose mentors, others instructors, others family memebers who where nurses. We wore our clinical dress uniforms and the nurse who capped us wore a white dress uniform. it was done at a church near campus, so we did not decorate because the church already had evergreens and pointsettes out. We also had no reception after, each person celebrated with their own family. The organist from the church played a precessional when we entered and a recessional when we left.
It was like a mini graduation cermony, no pomp and circumstance, but otherwise very similar. We had a speaker who discussed her career in nursing, and it was presided over by the director of our nursing program.
The invites were printed very fomally by the school, similarly to graduation announcements, but only the people who the school invited got those! they had the school seal on them, and were again like graduation announcements. Everyone else either made their own or went word of mouth.
I feel that for these things, the more traditional the better, but thats my 2 cents.
For my husbands class, they had it at a building on campus like an alumni building, had rows of folding chairs. The class wore their clinical scrubs, and they chose their banders from whomever they's like. The banders wore dress clothes. The class members and families provided a pot luck supper for after the ceremony, and the class president said a few words. Much more low key, but still nice. No flowers, music or decorations. Invites were designed on the computer and printed out, then passed out to everyone.
I hope this helps, if you have any further questions just let me know