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By Ella Mitchell, Contributing News Editor • June 14, 2024

School of Nursing graduates largest-ever undergraduate class

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The School of Nursing graduated its largest-ever undergraduate class Friday.

The School of Nursing graduated its largest-ever undergraduate class last week, according to a nursing school release.

A total of 145 students enrolled in either the accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing or the Bachelor of Science in Nursing for registered nurses graduated Friday, the release states.

Richard Ricciardi, a professor of health policy and the president-elect of Sigma Theta Tau International, a nursing honor society, served as the keynote speaker at the event. He told graduates that they “will not regret becoming a nurse” because they will meet people wherever they work and change people’s lives, according to the release.

“Health care is disorganized, it’s fragmented, but you’re going to fix all that because it has to be fixed in the next generation,” Ricciardi told graduates.

The nursing school’s enrollment nearly doubled between 2012 and 2017, and officials have hired more faculty to keep up with the demand. The school’s overall enrollment in 2018 hit an all-time high with 402 students, according to institutional data.

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