blog posts2020 College of Nursing Virtual Graduation CelebrationMay 21, 2020 11:00 am by email@example.comImagesCongratulations on your graduation and incredible achievements. You made it. Though we can't not celebrate in person. The official May ceremony is postponed until we can safely gather again, UIC has organized a virtual celebration to honor our graduates. Delete Edit embedded media in the Files Tab and re-insert as needed. Brian Stahulak, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, the Chief Nursing Officer at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Childen's Hospital is the recipient of 2020 UIC College of Nursing Distinguished Alumnus. "I truly believe nursing is a calling. It takes a special person to go into a profession where your work demands you to give your heart, blood, sweat, and tears, day in and day out. But when I think about this year's graduating class, I know you have done so. Not for recognition or awards, you did it, because you wan to make a difference in the lives of those who need you the most." Delete Edit embedded media in the Files Tab and re-insert as needed. This year, our guest speaker is Dr. Leslie Mancuso, PhD, RN, FAAN, president and CEO of Jhpiego, an international nonprofit health organization affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. " This month we are celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale. Today, her life and work, the founder of modern nursing seems so long ago. Yet with a health crisis, I see commonalities between her and you. She did her pioneering work without a manual before she published notes on nursing in 1859. She didn't have rules for nursing. She didn't have guidelines. And now, as many of you embark on your careers, as you're trying to save lives, you will be doing that without a finished manual. Too much is unknown about this novel pathogen. As we move forward with COVID-19, we are still learning in real-time and we are still writing the guidelines. In 20 years you will look back at the central role you have played and you will be the lady with the lamp. You will be the light of hope for darkness for so many. It is your knowledge, your skills, your courage, and your creativity that will direct you and ensuring that all people have access to care. You will be one of the heroes of this part of history." Delete Edit embedded media in the Files Tab and re-insert as needed. Lastly, the message from our Dean Waver. "As a UIC College of Nursing graduate, like Florence Nightingale, you will also advocate for those who are underserved and you will lead in other worlds like the nurses of the past and the nurses today, you will make a difference, of this, I have no doubt. We at the UIC College of Nursing know that you are ready to take on the challenges that are facing healthcare today. We are very confident in your abilities and know well that you are ready. We are so very proud of you." To watch the celebration video, please click here.