“Step forward 2012 graduates of Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, it’s your time to LEAD!” said Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing 2012 Commencement Speaker Linda Burnes Bolton.
“It is a life long journey, this quest to improve the human condition. It takes leadership. It takes a steadfast commitment to using one’s knowledge to be of use to others. It takes courage,” said Bolton, DrPH, RN, FAAN, Vice President for Nursing, Chief Nursing Officer, and Director of Nursing Research, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Student speakers Adam Jabour and Kristal Melvin continued Bolton’s theme of journeys and leadership encouraging the graduates to be “relentless and resilient,” reminding them that graduation is “just the beginning of a new chapter.” And a new chapter was certainly begun as 260 graduates walked across the stage of the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center on May 24 to receive their diplomas.
In total, 149 undergraduate and 111 graduate Johns Hopkins Nursing students attended the ceremony. A majority of the graduate students, 74, received a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), while 15 received a joint MSN and Master of Public Health (MPH), 18 received a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP), and four were awarded a PhD.
The ceremony ended with the benediction and recessional as the graduates met their families and friends with smiles.
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