UMSON holds the first winter virtual conferral of degrees in the school’s 131-year history.
On Thursday, Dec. 17, the University of Maryland School of Nursing’s (UMSON) Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, welcomed UMSON’s July and December 2020 graduates, their families and friends, and faculty and staff to UMSON’s first winter virtual conferral of degrees in the School’s 131-year history. The virtual event was attended by more than 700 people.
“It goes without saying that nursing, at its very core, is a profession marked by a deep dedication and commitment to ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of our patients and our communities,” Kirschling told graduates attending the Zoom ceremony. “However, the events of this year – our national and global struggle to combat COVID-19 – give additional meaning to this dedication. It is a reminder that nursing does not have the opportunity to pick and choose its moments of service, but rather, it must always be at the ready to respond.”
During the ceremony, University of Maryland, Baltimore President Bruce E. Jarrell, MD, FACS, conferred 179 Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees, 79 master’s degrees, one certificate, two Doctor of Nursing practice degrees, and four PhD degrees.