Commencement Speaker Joanne Disch

Joanne DischJoanne Disch, PhD, RN, FAAN, is professor ad honorem at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing. Starting her career as a staff nurse in cardiovascular intensive care, Disch has held senior leadership roles in almost every type of national organization, e.g., as chief nurse executive at two major medical centers, interim dean at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, president of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses and the American Academy of Nursing, board member for the National Center for Healthcare Leadership and board member and chair of the national board of AARP. She also served as chair of the board for Aurora Health Care and inaugural chair of Advocate Aurora Health after the two organizations merged. She continues as a member of that board and is also chair of the Board of Trustees of Chamberlain University.

Fall 2020 Commencement

Friday, December 18

2:00 p.m.

Fall 2020 Program

Virtual Ceremony

Pomp and Circumstance

Minnesota Orchestra


Connie White Delaney, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI, FNAP
Professor and Dean, School of Nursing

Mary Jo Kreitzer, PhD, RN, FAAN
Director, Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing
Professor, School of Nursing

Commencement Address

Joanne Disch, PhD, RN, FAA
Professor ad Honorem, School of Nursing

Welcome and Presentation of the School of Nursing Pin

Jean Carraher, DNP, RN  
President, School of Nursing Alumni Society Board

Conferral of Degrees

The Honorable Kendall J. Powell
University of Minnesota Board of Regents, Chair

Presentation of Graduates

All graduates of the School of Nursing and Earl E. & Student Reflections Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing

Acknowledgements and Congraulations

Dean Connie White Delaney

Hail Minnesota!

University of Minnesota Marching Band