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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Nursing their Commencement experience

It’s a great day to be an Emory nurse!

Though I’m not exactly a nurse (OK, not at all), I am constantly surrounded by them as the associate director of development at Emory’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing (NHWSN). This weekend, especially, I felt proud to be a part of this great group of Emory nurses.

In fact, I’ve been with nurses of all ages over the past several days celebrating Emory Commencement Weekend. It started on Thursday at Class Day as I watched our class officers present the senior class gift to our new dean, Linda McCauley 79MN. They were so excited about it.

The weekend continued on Saturday afternoon with a variety of activities, kicked off by the traditional nursing pinning ceremony. I had the privilege of sitting with a member of the Class of 1959 while watching the Class of 2009 receive their BSN pins. What a treat!

This alumna was thrilled to be there and clapped loudly as our new graduates walked up to get their NHWSN stoles and pins from their mentors. It’s a really neat tradition, and I’m so glad it was held in the beautiful Glenn Auditorium this year. Plus, our student speaker was hilarious and inspiring. Definitely a fun way to get the afternoon started!

After hanging out with the newest NHWSN alumni, I headed over to the School of Nursing to meet up with some other ladies (yes, they were all ladies back then!) from the Class of 1959. They had the most fun catching up with each other!

After a tour of the school and a conversational panel with students and faculty, we had a lovely dinner with the dean (Thanks for joining us, Dean McCauley!). They told some great stories—one of them was even a newlywed (at 72!) and proudly showed off her wedding photos.

Yes, they were quite a group! The following days we all enjoyed being a part of the Corpus Cordis Aureum festivities and graduation. I am happy to say that these alumnae left Emory feeling prouder than ever of their beloved alma mater. I can’t blame them—it’s a pretty great place!

--Betsy Oliver, associate director, development and alumni relations, NHWSN

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