The University of Delaware’s School of Nursing recently honored the newest graduates of its Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at winter convocation.

The class gathered together to celebrate their accomplishments and reflect on their hard work and the bonds that they formed along the way to earning their degrees.

“We have gone from strangers to family with an incredible bond over an adventure that no one but us can understand,” said class speaker Kayla Large, addressing her fellow graduates. 

“I’ve loved watching this group of people inspire and help each other during the hard days, laugh and cry through the even harder days, and grow into a group of people fully capable and ready to get out into this world to educate, heal, and assist patients from birth to death and everything in between.”

2020 has been designated the Year of the Nurse and Midwife by the World Health Organization, in honor of the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale. Large encouraged her classmates to serve with compassion and purpose in their profession, carrying on in the spirit of Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

“I encourage you all to go into this field and honor our founder not only in 2020, but for the rest of your career. Remember it’s ok to cry when you watch first breaths or last. Hold the hands of people who are watching their loved ones hooked up to monitors and tubes and remind them you are there to support them as well…and if you remember nothing else, remember that not only did you survive but you guys came out thriving from the past 17 months. You can do anything you put your mind to. Anything.”

36 of the 40 students graduating this winter were members of the Accelerated BSN Program, a full-time 17-month program meant for individuals who have already obtained a baccalaureate degree in another field.

To learn more about UD’s School of Nursing and the various programs available, visit this page


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