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Celebrating Nursing Graduates

Class of 2020 School of Nursing Commencement held in historic Amphitheater

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The following is a message from President Susan A. Cole to the campus community:

On a beautiful fall evening last night, with students in groups of twos and threes (all with masks) strolling across campus, Montclair State stole one more day from the coronavirus. In a small, but beautiful ceremony, graduates from the School of Nursing formally received their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees in the University’s Amphitheater.

The brilliant and wonderful School of Nursing faculty and staff were all out to celebrate with their graduates, and, in a wonderful innovation, each graduate was able to say a few words to the assembled guests as they crossed the platform. And what they said, each in their own way, was that this University had made an incredible difference in their lives. They were overflowing with gratitude for the support they had received, and the faculty were clearly genuinely proud of their students’ achievements.

As though on cue, the bells of the carillon rang from College Hall just as I said the closing words.  Yesterday evening belonged to the students of Montclair State, not to the virus.

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The School of Nursing held its 2020 Commencement exercises in the historic Amphitheater on campus on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020.

 

President Susan A. Cole leads the procession at the School of Nursing Commencement on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020.

President Susan A. Cole delivers the Commencement address for the School of Nursing Commencement exercises.

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University mascot Rocky the Red Hawk poses with the graduates from the School of Nursing who participated in the socially distanced Commencement exercises for the School on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020.

 

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The Commencement ceremony for the School of Nursing marked the 22nd outdoor Commencement ceremony the University held during the pandemic.

 

Janice Smolowitz, dean of the School of Nursing, holds the ceremonial mace at the School’s Commencement in the campus’ historic Amphitheater.

 

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The ceremony in the Amphitheater allowed for plenty of room for social distancing.

 

Every student had the opportunity to speak at the ceremony.

 

Every student had special nursing hero face masks.

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