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Nursing graduates celebrate years of dedication

Published: June 14, 2016
Lauren Fink, Nicole Pletch, Krista Reis, Bailey Judd and Nanci Skinn
Nursing graduates, from left, Lauren Fink, Nicole Pletch, Krista Reis, Bailey Judd and Nanci Skinn outside Hamilton Place

More than 500 nurses graduated from McMaster University today at a convocation for the graduates of the nursing consortium of McMaster and Mohawk and Conestoga colleges. Graduates of the McMaster-Mohawk Medical Radiation Sciences program also crossed the stage.

Nursing grad Caroline Mueller was the valedictorian. The self-professed Harry Potter and Toronto Maple Leaf fan spoke about the late nights and early mornings her class has gone through, and how worthwhile those days now feel.

"With these sacrifices and contributions, we have gained the skills to enable us to care for a variety of populations and complications," she said. "And we are now prepared to enter a new chapter in life in which we have the ability to teach about anatomy and to advocate for patients as well as act as leaders within the health care system. Regardless of where we go, our future holds limitless possibilities."

Professors Andrea Baumann and Salim Yusuf were named Distinguished University Professors, the University's top honour, at the ceremony.

Baumann, now associate vice-president of the Global Health Program, previously served as associate dean of the School of Nursing, where she played a central role in developing Ontario's first nurse practitioner program, designing the nursing graduate program and leading the creation of the award-winning Master of Science in Global Health Program.

Yusuf, a professor of cardiology of the Department of Medicine, is the Heart and Stroke Foundation / Marion W. Burke Chair in Cardiovascular Disease and a global leader in evidence-based cardiology. The founder of the Population Health Research Institute, Yusuf's own scholarly work has been cited more than 114,000 times.

Receiving an honorary Doctor of Science and giving the convocation address at the event was Isabel Amelia Costa Mendes, a professor of the University of Sao Paulo. For the last decade, Costa Mendes has been director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Health Development Nursing Research. A prolific researcher whose work in English, Spanish and Portuguese influences a number of aspects of nursing, Costa Mendes thanked and commended the University for its commitment to nursing.

"The global vision of McMaster, its professors and managers is an inspiration for nursing schools and scholars around the world," she said.

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Convocation ceremonies were recorded and will be archived here soon:

[Video of 2016 Nursing / Radiation Sciences Convocation ceremonies]

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