May 26, 2015
Communications and Marketing
During Saint Anselm College's 122nd commencement exercises on May 17, the college celebrated the success of its third RN to BSN graduating class. The 12 nurses join a growing community of 32 RN to BSN graduates, and more than 18,000 Saint Anselm alumni.
The members of the RN to BSN Program's class of 2015 earned their bachelor of science degree in nursing (BSN).
|Elizandra Adams *
Daniel Burke *
Theresa Defossess **
Beth Haddock ***
DeAnna Johnson *
Shelly MacKay *
|Kara May ***
Julia Sterner *
Kelly Stevens ***
Jamie Walden ***
* Cum Laude ** Magna Cum Laude *** Summa Cum Laude
Saint Anselm College's RN to BSN Program 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 with two on-campus classes for each course. Many of the nurses have completed their degree in as little as 15 months.
The class of 2015 included nurses who participated both part-time and full-time coming from hospitals and organizations such as Catholic Medical Center and the Gilford School District in New Hampshire as well Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Newton Wellesley Hospital in Massachusetts, who also work full-time managing the rigors of the program with family life, work, and other obligations.
This year, at the RN to BSN graduation reception on May 4, 2015, student nurse Beth Haddock was recognized for her hard work, dedication, and nursing excellence as the recipient of the Dr. Sharon R. George Nursing Award. Also, Haddock is joined by fellow student Kara May as a member of the college's Epsilon Tau Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.
At this year's commencement, speaker Mitt Romney addressed 471 members of the class of 2015, and Dr. Steven DiSalvo presided over his second commencement as president.
Dr. DiSalvo, after congratulating the members of the class, noted that they were graduating in a special year, the 125th anniversary of the college's founding.
"Looking back, not only over your four years here, but over 125 years of tradition and distinction, our unique history is what makes us all part of something truly special," he said.
"As you step forward into your bright futures, I know that you will always be Anselmian strong."
Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, is a leader in both public service and private enterprise. He is a former governor of Massachusetts and the founder of Bain Capital.
In his address to the graduates, Romney spoke about the larger world they are now entering, and encouraged them to pursue fulfillment and purpose by "living a large life." He spoke about the enduring value of relationships and of service to others in this endeavor.
Photo (left to right): College president Steven DiSalvo with RN to BSN director Sue Kinney, Elizandra Adams, DeAnna Johnson, Shelly MacKay, Beth Haddock, and assistant director Jane Leonard.