May was such an exciting month at the MUSC College of Nursing. Throughout May, you could feel the anticipation at the College and across campus as we collectively prepared to celebrate convocation and commencement ceremonies for the outstanding graduates of the Class of 2019. As our College of Nursing graduates begin their journey, I am confident that they are prepared to take on leadership roles, effectively partner on health care teams, and meet the complex challenges of working in health care. They are the future leaders of the profession and the discipline. On behalf of the College, we are all so very proud of each of our 2019 graduates and look to them, as new alumni, to be mentors and advisers to the incoming nursing students in our baccalaureate and graduate programs.
The excitement was heightened as we welcomed back and recognized our Golden Graduates from the Class of 1969 (yes, it has been 50 years since your commencement and since you made your commitment to nursing and the profession). I was fortunate to meet many of the College of Nursing Golden Graduates, both at the luncheon and, for those of you who braved the heat, at commencement on May 18. What a fun group you all are. I personally thank you for allowing me the opportunity to listen as you reminisced about your time as a student at the College, and for sharing your many wonderful accomplishments from the course of your nursing careers. On behalf of the College, I thank you for representing MUSC so well over these past 50 years (or more). As a College, we are committed to following your excellent lead and leadership in advancing nursing.
Whether you are celebrating many years as an MUSC graduate or just a few weeks, I encourage you to stay connected to the College as well as with your fellow alumni. There are many great ways to do this, including participating in your class reunion, organizing an alumni event in your city, advising or mentoring current students, or by giving financially. To stay in touch, contact the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs at the College of Nursing by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 843-792-0287.
Finally, if you missed the first issue of our alumni e-newsletter, I want to be sure that you have the most up-to-date information about our programs. Besides, it gives me great pride to share information about our outstanding rankings with you, which we are always working to maintain and improve. Our online graduate nursing programs were recently ranked No. 6 in the country by U.S. News and World Report. The College surpassed more than 500 nursing schools surveyed to earn this ranking, making it the sixth year we have ranked in the top six. Of note, when you remove the private nursing schools from the list our ranking shoots up to No. 3 among public universities. We are currently ranked 16th among U.S. colleges in total National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding, which places us among the top nursing research-funded colleges in the country. I congratulate our faculty and students for their dedicated commitment to excellence in all our programs – as alumni, you all share in these distinct honors and recognition.