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School of Nursing

Nearly 300 nursing students received degrees from the University’s School of Nursing on May 16, 2014. Steve Goldstein, CEO and president of Strong Memorial Hospital, delivered the commencement address to an audience of more than 800 people.

  • one student adjusts another's commencement hood Kelsey O’Sullivan, Catherine Paccione, and Ngao Nalungwe prepare for the processional into Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.
  • students holding up letters that spell THANKS Thanks for the memories! Nursing candidates show their appreciation before the ceremony.
  • Bradford Berk making a speech from the stage Medical Center CEO Bradford Berk addresses the candidates: “Even with all of the technology we have available in health care today, it is still the human touch that makes a difference.”
  • Kathy Rideout making a speech from the stage Kathy Rideout, dean of the School of Nursing, reminds the candidates that they “now have the tools to pay it forward … to teach, mentor, and lead the next generation of nurses.”
  • Sianne Rutigliano makes a speech from the stage Dianne Rutigliano delivers the undergraduate remarks for the Class of 2014, emphasizing teamwork and cooperation: “Admission to our program is competitive, but that’s where it ends. The faculty and staff at the School of Nursing made it very clear to us that we needed each other to succeed.”
  • President Seligman shaking Harriet Kitzman's hand President Seligman confers the Charles Force Hutchinson and Marjorie Smith Hutchinson Medal, the University's highest honor for alumni, upon Harriet Kitzman '84H (PhD), senior associate dean for research.
  • Steve Goldstein making a speech from the stage Commencement speaker Steve Goldstein tells the candidates that as nurses, they are the agents of change in the health care system. “Your timing to become a nurse couldn’t be better. You are well prepared in the right field at the right time.”
  • student raises her fist in the air in celebration as she crosses the stage Excitement and enthusiasm rule the day as Beverly Keovyphone dances across the stage to get her diploma.
  • Gradaution cap reads ANYTHING WORTH HAVING IS WORTH WORKING HARD FOR "Anything worth having is worth working hard for." And that hard work pays off.
  • After receiving her diploma, Noelle Dupont smiles with School of Nursing Dean Kathy Rideout.
  • Kathy Rideout poses with a smiling graduate on stage The graduates are recognized by faculty, family, and friends at the end of the ceremony. "Today is your day of triumph, your day of joy," said President Seligman.
  • large crowd of nursing graduates cheer as crowd stands Loved ones and supporters cheer on the graduates as the ceremony ends.
  • two graduates hugging Theresa Johnson hugs her classmate after the ceremony.

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