Spring 2021 Commencement

We are pleased to announce that by following updated federal, state and University public health guidelines regarding large gatherings we will be able to host two in-person commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 15 at Northrop Auditorium.

The 10:00 a.m. ceremony will be for BSN graduates and our 1:30 p.m. ceremony will honor our doctoral graduates. Both ceremonies will be livestreamed and graduates who prefer not to attend in-person will be celebrated virtually. While the current guidelines only allow our graduates to be inside Northrop, family and friends will be able to watch students cross the stage online.

More details to come.

Commencement Speaker

Susan HassmillerSusan Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, serves as the senior scholar-in-residence and senior adviser to the president on nursing at the National Academy of Medicine. In this role, she serves as a key member of the leadership team for the Future of Nursing 2030 report. Hassmiller is also the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation senior adviser for nursing, and in partnership with AARP, she directs the Foundation’s Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action. This 50-state and District of Columbia effort strives to implement the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine’s report Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health and will additionally seek to build a Culture of Health. Hassmiller served as the report’s study director.

Hassmiller’s work has included service in public health settings at the local, state and national levels, including HRSA. She taught community health nursing at the University of Nebraska and George Mason University in Virginia.

Hassmiller is a member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine), a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and sits on other advisory committees and boards, including the Hackensack Meridian Health System, UnitedHealth, Carrier Clinic and the American Red Cross. She is the recipient of many awards and three honorary doctorates, but most notably the Florence Nightingale Medal, the highest international honor given to a nurse by the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Saturday, May 15

(Note new date and times)

BSN ceremony 10:00 a.m.

Graduate ceremony (DNP, PhD & certificate)  1:30 p.m.