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Posted: 5/27/2011

On May 26, 2011, 122 undergraduate and 105 graduate Johns Hopkins nursing students filled the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center in downtown Baltimore for the 2011 commencement ceremony, and embarked on their new journey as tomorrow's nursing leaders.

A majority of the graduate students, 56, received a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), while 14 received a joint MSN and Master of Public Health (MPH), three received a joint MSN and Master of Business Administration (MBA), 30 received a doctorate of nursing practice (DNP), and two were awarded a PhD.

Kathleen Dracup, DNSc, FNP, RN, FAAN, professor at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Nursing, delivered the commencement address, "The Places You'll Go."

"You've acquired knowledge and skills that are going to make an incredible difference in the lives of patients and their families as they confront the issues that we as nurses and healthcare providers see every day," she said, referring to the Future of Nursing report released by the Institute of Medicine. 

"You're" graduating at a time of unprecedented opportunity for nursing. As nurses, we are charged with changing the healthcare system--a system that is not oriented toward health and has little care in it. [As nurses] we are very optimistic about healthcare reform and the role we will play. This is your charge for the future, and it suggests many of the places you will go."

For more information, or to watch a video of the commencement ceremony, visit www.nursing.jhu.edu/graduation.