May 23, 2016
Communications and Marketing
During Saint Anselm College's 123rd commencement exercises on Saturday, May 21, the college celebrated the success of its fourth RN to BSN graduating class. This year, eight members of the RN to BSN Degree Program earned their bachelor of science degree in nursing (BSN).
Jacqueline Demaio *** H
Desiree Guaraldi ** H
Samantha Hogan ***
Melissa Jackson **
Chelsea Perciballi ** H
Sarah St. Onge **
Jessica Wiggin **
Amber Culwell Wu **
(*Cum Laude ** Magna Cum Laude ***Summa Cum Lade / H - member of Epsilon Tau Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing)
Saint Anselm College's RN to BSN Degree Program is a hybrid-online program that offers registered nurses with an associate's degree the opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree through the college's Nursing Department. The hybrid program allows the nurses the flexibility of taking their courses online while attending an on-campus class twice each course. The students meet and develop personal relationships with their professors, classmates, and an advisor who is committed to their success.
The class of 2016 included nurses who participated in the program both part-time and full-time, having received the same quality education and standards of excellence as our traditional baccalaureate program, but in a format that fits a busy schedule.
"Our students are all non-traditional, working full or part-time as registered nurses, raising their families or caring for elders as they pursue the BSN degree at Saint Anselm College," says Susan Kinney, director of the RN to BSN Program.
Graduates came from hospitals and organizations such as the Elliot Hospital, Lowell General Hospital, and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
This year, at the RN to BSN graduation reception on May 9, students Jaqueline Demaio and Samantha Hogan were recognized for their hard work, dedication, and academic excellence as recipients of the Dr. Sharon R. George RN to BSN Achievement Award.
The award, named after the Nursing Department's former dean, Dr. Sharon R. George, is given to the student who earned the highest GPA of the graduating class. The RN to BSN Degree Program was a direct result of Dr. George's passion and efforts to make the pursuit of the BSN accessible for the working nurse.
On Saturday, May 21, on the college quad, commencement speaker and alumnus Michael Sheehan addressed 433 members of the class of 2016, asking them to bring the Anselmian traditions of compassion and kindness into the world.