The School of Nursing hosted a virtual commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020 on Friday, May 15. While this is not the celebration that we all planned on, we're committed to making sure it's one our graduates will remember.
Anne Walker Sengbusch Award for Leadership in School and Community Activities: Angelyn Brown and Nicholas Ellis.
The Shirley D. DeVoe Nursing Award for Excellence in Communication: Angelyn Brown and Jasmine Silvagnoli.
"Class of 2020...this is not how you planned it. Which may be your best introduction into nursing. There is nothing predictable except that the unpredictable will happen. Often. And never the same way twice. Nursing involves the intersection of technology, scientific theory, social and psychological pressures, and human beings...all of which can be very tricky to deal with, and together create a uniquely explosive mix. You're seeing it on steroids right now, but believe me, it's always there. And UB prepared you for it. Never doubt that. You have graduated from a tough program into one of the hardest and most rewarding careers in the world. You are ready...go out and claim your place." -ErinBrenna Pierce, BS '00
"Jasmine Selena, I am so very PROUD of you for achieving your dream of becoming a nurse and with HONORS to boot!! You’re a leader and a world changer!! You dreamed it, believed it and achieved it!!! Love you so much!! Love, Your Mommy and Bella Ella."
"Congratulations Jasmine!! I love you and I am so very proud of you!! Always put God first in your life and always believe in yourself!!! God Bless you!!" -Love Grandma and Grandpa
"Thank you to the UB DNP Nurse Anesthesia program class of 2020!! Forever grateful to have gone on this journey with you all!" -Alison Kinslow
"Congratulations to all of my fellow classmates! I am so proud of each and every single one of us and I cannot wait to see where we all end up. We are all going to be the best nurses. Good luck and congratulations again everyone!" -Rebecca Moore
"Congratulations Jenna!! We are so proud of your accomplishment and excited about your future as a Nurse. With Your compassionate and caring way we know you will make a positive difference in the lives of many people. With love and pride today and always." -Love Mom and Dad
"Congratulations to all. This is a very special time for you all to begin your lives as nurses. Having been a nurse and still practicing since 1968,, your degree can take you to places you’ve never imagined. The new normal will be shaped by you all in many ways. The university at Buffalo was a stepping stone for my entrance to FNP, to international missions, technical nursing ( ICU) and a vehicle for financial stability and life skills to be learned. The holistic approach taught at UB has equipped you for the covid challenge. Now go get ‘em!" -Barbara Nunn
Congratulations Erin, we are so proud of you!!! Looking forward to a big celebration at home when we can!!!"
-Love, Aunt Lisa and Uncle Gary xoxo
Exceptional times calls for exceptional nurses. Each of you will make your mark in Nursing and shine through this dark cloud of pandemic. As a UB graduate, being outstanding is what we're all about. Congratulations to each and every one of you!”
Congratulations on your achievement! As Nurses, we heal, we teach, and we innovate. Put your patients first in all you do and you will be a valuable member of the healthcare team in whatever role you chose. Good Luck!”
-Kathy Koch, BS ‘87
Congratulations Class of 2020!!! May you do and achieve all you dream of and work toward in this brave new world you are entering into.”
-Jennifer Creasey, BS ’95
Welcome to professional nursing, a wonderful, fulfilling career for yourself, your family, and humanity. Caring is in my core, and I am proud I have been a caregiver, a nurse practitioner, a nurse leader, teacher, and role model. I have many choices and opportunities. I have worked with a diversity of people, in reverse roles. The best to you all.”
-Judith Bernbeck Kiley, MS '63, BS '60
Congratulations Erin. I am so very proud of you. You will do great things. Love you so much. God bless. Love, grandma."
Congratulations to the School of Nursing Graduation Class of 2020. The education, support and guidance you have received through the years has prepared you well to step into this crucial time in our country's history. Now more than ever your expertise are needed to provide the care so many are in of and just as important the support families need.
This is 'The Year of the Nurse' and more than ever people throughout the world are expressing their appreciation to you for your role in providing care to their loved ones. I salute you and my prayers and Best Wishes will be with you always."
-Cheryl May, BS '77
Congratulations to the UB School of Nursing Class of 2020. You are graduating at an unprecedented time with challenges that us retired grads have never faced or imagined. It is also a time when you will have new opportunities and experiences to help you continue to learn and grow in your profession. May you have personal strength and guidance from your current and future colleagues as you begin your professional career in this new 'normal' world. Best wishes as you embark to care for patients and their families with compassion, knowledge and skill. Each one of you is equipped to and can improve the delivery of health care in this country. Go to it!!”
-Sharon S. Dittmar, BS '68, BS '73
Congratulations Michael! I can’t wait to see you go on to do great things!"
To the Class of 2020: Your faculty is so VERY PROUD of each and every one of YOU! It's been rewarding for each of us to mentor each of you in your professional journey. Welcome to our MOST NOBEL profession! Congratulations!"
Congratulations Erin, we are all so proud of you!! You are already doing great things! Hugs!"
-Uncle Ricky, Aunt Melinda, Connor and Alaina
Congratulations to my fellow classmates. I am so honored to be entering the most noble profession alongside all of you. I will miss you all. Good luck out there. Much love!"
Congratulations Grace on your persistence and achievements as you graduate and embark on your career. Love, Dad.”
You made it! Now your adventure begins. I spent the last 30 years as a nurse and have had an incredible journey. I hope yours is wonderful. Good luck ad best wishes."
-Susan Sturniolo, BS ‘90
I am so proud of the graduating UB nursing students! You have shown such spirit and courage. It has been a pleasure to be your clinical faculty. I wish you all the best in your future careers.”
I would wish each of you a Magic Carpet of Hope: 'Hope is the magic carpet that transports us from the present moment into there the realm of infinite possibilities' (H.Jackson Brown)"
-Betty Noyes, BS ‘65
Very best wishes to the graduates of 2020. May your life's journey take you to places where you will have opportunities to use your skills and talents creating a better world by caring for the very vulnerable. May you make a lifetime of wonderful memories. God Bless You!”
-Ellie Cantwell, BS ‘68
'You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose (Dr. Seuss).' Congratulations to you my smart, beautiful, vibrant niece!! I am so proud of the young lady you’ve become and the amazing accomplishments you have made. The sky’s the limit! Leave your mark!! Stay safe❤️❤️ Love you, Aunt Carol Ann."
-Carol Ann Iovino
Congratulations Michael! We are proud of you and so very happy for you as you begin the next leg of your journey."
-The Thide Family
Congratulations Michael! I can’t wait to see you go on to do great things!"
Congratulations on graduating, Belmont!! This is such a huge accomplishment & I know how hard you’ve worked to achieve it. Can’t wait to celebrate soon!"
Congratulations Olivia Cox!!!! We Love You 😘😘😘"
Congratulations to my niece Carlee Ostrom and all the nursing graduates of the class of 2020. Looking back on my nursing graduation 43 yrs ago I had so many expectations and goals. Retiring as a cardiac nurse I am so proud to have been a nurse and thankful of all the people I have helped. We were sort of the stepping stone for nursing. The class of 2020 will continue what we have started and advance nursing to unlimited expectations god bless you all as you gone to your future goals in an inspiring profession."
Congratulations Sydney Rotunno!!! You’re gonna be the best nurse 💙"
Congratulations Class of 2020! I can’t believe that it has already been 4 years since I was in your shoes. If this pandemic has shown you anything about the nursing profession, it is that it certainly is never easy but somehow always worth it. I wouldn’t trade my path in life for the world, and I know you all will feel the same! Be confident in the knowledge you have gained from your incredible education, and build upon that as you enter your careers. Welcome to the best profession!"
Congratulations. As your grandma and R.N. of 56 years, I am overwhelmingly proud of you and your accomplishments. The future is bright as you enter a career with many challenges, rewards and fulfilling experiences. It will be a remarkable journey for you. Love you."
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