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Commencement 2012

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Florence Nightingale once said that "nursing is an art and if it is to be made an art, it requires an exclusive devotion, as hard a preparation, as any painter's or sculptor's work."

The 231 graduates here today have done just that - you have spent your time in school devoted to the preparation and practice of art and science of nursing.

Not long ago, nurses relied on instinct, folk medicine, wisdom passed down from other nurses and the directives of physicians as their primary tools in care.

Not today.  You who are graduating today have amazing tools and technologies at your fingertips.  Some of you will play a key role in the patient care process and national health policy.  Others will become educators or lead the way in critically important clinical and laboratory research.

And all of you have been provided with the tools to transform the nursing vocation in ways that can make an immeasurable impact on the nation's health.  You have been inculcated with the knowledge to continually reimagine and redefine the discipline of nursing.  This is your duty; a covenant to lead the profession.

Graduates, today you are entering a new phase in your lives.  You have been given a most remarkable opportunity.  You have answered the call to the noblest profession.  You are the next generation of nurse leaders.  Your future has been placed in good hands - your own.

Dr. Courtney H. Lyder
Dean and Professor

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