Alumni in the Spotlight

New alumna and BN grad (four-year)As a new academic year begins, here's another big round of applause and shout out to our fabulous bachelor of nursing graduates (four-year option) from the Class of 2020!

When the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the university, and the province, learning in the Faculty of Nursing had to continue. Especially for students so close to the end of their program.

With plenty of hard work and creativity from both students and faculty, they were successful!

Our newest alumni are now practicing as registered nurses (RN) across the province and in other parts of the country.

And what a story they’ll be able to share with their children and grandchildren. As the first class of nursing students to graduate in the first global pandemic since 1918, they are in a unique position to see the important role that nurses have in keeping communities healthy and safe.

With no chance of an in-person convocation and graduation to celebrate th

eir achievement until a later date, we held a virtual graduation celebration this past May. It was important for us not to miss a chance to recognize this important milestone.

And what a lovely time it was, though certainly not a replacement for a live event. We shared stories and memories, laughter and tears, and listened to heartfelt cong

ratulations offered up to our new graduates by special guests, Dr. John Haggie, Minister of Health and Community Services, and new Memorial University President, Dr. Vianne Timmons. Well wishes from the dean, and and a lovely toast from our outgoing associate dean, Prof. Andrea Brennan-Hunter, were the icing on the cake