For the first time as dean of the University of Maryland School of Nursing in Baltimore, Jane Kirschling, RN, PhD, FAAN, led UMSON graduates on May 17 to celebrate the successful completion of their nursing degrees. The class of 2013 consisted of 275 BSN, 332 MSN, 17 DNP, and 14 PhD graduates.
Kathleen Buckley, RN, PhD, IBCLC, associate professor and chairwoman of the faculty council, welcomed graduates, family members, faculty and friends.
In her convocation address, Kirschling encouraged students to embrace the many opportunities afforded by the nursing profession.
“You have chosen a career that will provide you with tremendous opportunities over your lifetime,” Kirschling said, according to a news release. “You will have opportunities to redesign the work that you do — in ways that cannot be predicted or imagined today. I encourage you to embrace these opportunities with the courage, open-mindedness and knowledge that your education at the University of Maryland School of Nursing has positioned you for — to not simply accomplish, but to excel and to lead. And remember, every challenge you encounter is a chance for success.”
Later in the day, UMSON graduates participated in the University of Maryland, Baltimore commencement ceremony. Graduates heard the words of keynote speaker Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal (ret.), MS, MA, a senior fellow at Yale University.
“Whatever your professional training is, your positions of leadership are going to require you to empathize with the communities you serve, and with the individuals you lead,” McChrystal said, according to the release. “You wont be able to cure every ill, but you should work hard to understand as deeply as possible the circumstances that affect those around you.”