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[Dean Connie White Delaney] Students, family members, friends,
faculty, staff, and guests.
Welcome to the University of Minnesota School of Nursing
2020 virtual commencement ceremony.
We share deep gratitude to and for you.
this moment to award your degrees and
certificates acknowledging your scholarly achievement,
and exceptional practice.
Today we come together as community to celebrate,
even though we can't physically gather.
Graduates of the Class of 2020 -
While you won't be walking
across the Northrop stage today,
you will be walking through history.
This is a special class that will
forever be remembered and not because it
was the first to have its classes and
commencement ceremony shifted to online.
The class of 2020 will forever be
remembered because what you
have experienced will make you different.
It will shape the way you pursue the profession.
You'll carry forward the imagination and
innovation that have been lived
in your final months of being students.
These will remind you of what is possible.
They will remind you of the resilience you have shown.
These experiences will empower
you throughout your career and life.
We celebrate the class of 2020
in the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife,
the birth of Florence Nightingale.
It is amazing that the focus on infection control,
data, sanitation, sun, and the care,
love and compassion for others that have
been revealed in this pandemic were all
rooted in her experiences in
the Crimean war more than 160 years ago.
the first public health nursing courses offered by
our school was in response
to the influenza impact of 1917.
Experiences shape the future,
and there is little doubt the class of 2020 will have
a profound impact on the future of nursing.
Graduates, your future is now,
you will begin making an impact immediately.
Why nursing? Why now, you ask?
Nursing encompasses leading and
collaborating in the care of individuals of all ages,
babies, families, groups, communities.
Nursing embraces the sick or well,
in all health living and community settings.
And nursing embraces the essential synergy
across the promotion of health,
prevention of illness, care of the ill,
disabled, and dying people.
Nursing fosters empowering the people, families,
and communities to perform all activities
contributing to health, or recovery,
or to dignified death and performing
these when others are unable.
Nursing helps individuals, families,
and communities gain full or partial independence
Nursing gives bold voice to advocacy,
promotion of safe environments,
and a central call for research that supports
fact-based interventions and participation
in shaping health policy.
Nursing serves in the support and management
of care of patients and in health systems.
Nursing ensures education for
the next generations of nurses. Look around,
and never has there been a greater need for nurses.
Indeed, we are reaching a new level of
appreciation for the profession and its potential.
I close with the words of Richard Olding Beard,
a non-nurse whose pioneering advocacy led to
the first successful effort to establish
nursing in an institution of higher learning,
the very one for which you are earning your degree.
Beard highlighted the "educated spirit of the nurse",
noting, "Nurses help society
recognize the worth of human life,
conserve human health, and provide for social justice."
School of Nursing Class of 2020,
fulfill that charge to transform to a better society
with your educated spirit of the nurse.
We celebrate you and extend our care,
love, gratitude, and confidence in you.
Today's ceremony is unique and special in another way,
and that it is our first commencement in partnership with
the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing.
the graduates is its founder and director,
professor Mary Jo Kreitzer.
[Mary Jo Kreitzer] >> Congratulations, graduates of
the Integrative Health Coaching master's and
Integrative Health and Healing programs.
the director of the Earl E.
Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing.
I applaud you for embarking on
careers that are the future of health care.
With the COVID-19 pandemic,
the vulnerabilities and limitations of
our health care system have become even more apparent.
Through your education, you have learned
about the importance of whole person care,
the critical role of lifestyle behaviors.
Knowledge and skill in these areas is
critical to well-being and human flourishing.
We will look forward to hearing
about the career paths you are pursuing.
Paths that will undoubtedly take you to many places,
including health care worksites,
schools, and community based settings.
On behalf of your faculty at the Bakken Center,
I offer our hearty congratulations.
wishes in all of your future pursuits.
We are grateful that you are able to
share your thoughts with the class of 2020 in this video.
We still look forward to hosting you in
person in the future. Graduates and guests,
Dr. Trautman is the President and
CEO of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing,
has authored countless publications on health policy and
served on high profile boards and
advisory groups for the Department of Veteran Affairs,
National Academies of Science,
and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
You can find Dr. Trautman's
distinguished bio in our commencement program.
She is a remarkable leader,
a true champion for nurses and
nursing education. Graduates of the class of 2020,
it is my honor to present Dr. Deborah Trautman.
[Dr. Deborah Trautman] >> Thank you for the opportunity to participate in
this celebration of accomplishment and success.
I'm so pleased to join you virtually today for
this important milestone in
your life and in your career.
Today is a great occasion for celebration on many levels.
First, we celebrate your individual achievement.
You worked hard to achieve this success
We also celebrate those who
inspired and supported you along this journey.
In addition to the faculty and your fellow students,
this day would not be possible
without the support of family, friends,
colleagues, and others who motivated
you and provided counsel to you along the way.
Few of us make this journey alone.
Their support was instrumental in your success,
and it's important to recognize those who helped make
this happen. In the larger context,
today is also a celebration
for the nursing profession.
You have been prepared by the finest nurse educators
in the nation, which benefits you,
patients and the communities that you will serve.
the solution to improving health and health care.
As a University of Minnesota
School of Nursing graduate,
you're entering a new chapter of your life.
This chapter will be filled with
choices, change and opportunity.
The chances you take, the choices you make,
there's much ahead to consider.
Nelson Mandela said there is
no passion to be found playing small
and settling for a life that's
less than the one you are capable of living.
Live the life you are capable of
living, with its successes and failures,
and make time to celebrate yourself,
challenge yourself, and care for yourself.
Even as we face challenges
during this unprecedented time,
we're reminded of the gift of celebration.
We have witnessed the celebrations of
our nation's health professionals
and other essential workers.
Our appreciation of the importance of
these celebrations is universal, and brings joy,
even in challenging moments.
As we celebrate your success today,
remember, success is never final.
Always strive to know more,
learn more, and apply the knowledge gained along the way.
Strive to create a better tomorrow,
dare to imagine what might be and strive to achieve it.
In celebration of your graduation,
I share a quote from Doris Kearns Goodwin,
a world renowned historian and Pulitzer Prize
winning bestselling author. Doris said,
it seems to me the best thing in life is to
have a piece of work worth doing and then doing it well."
You have chosen work worth
a lifelong career of doing it well.
In closing, I salute you all.
I wish you joy, success, prosperity, and a life filled with meaning.
Thank you and congratulations.
>> Thank you, Deb, for your remarks and
for being part of this special occasion.
We are deeply grateful to AACN and
your exceptional leadership in lifting up
the voice of nursing. Graduates,
this would be the moment you had all been waiting for.
You would've come forward,
walked across the stage as your name was read,
and our BSN graduates would have
received their nursing pins, and
our doctoral students would have
their doctoral hoods placed
over their gowns by the faculty.
a tradition that dates back to 1913,
and it represents a welcoming of
new graduates to the nursing profession by their school.
We want to uphold this tradition in a new way this year.
We ask our BSN graduates to
invite a family member or
significant person in your life to
present you with the pin you received in the mail
and pin it to your regalia or graduation attire.
The tradition of academic hooding dates back even
further to 12th and 13th century Europe.
It too will continue in a new way in 2020.
we invite our doctoral students with
regalia to have family members
your life perform the hooding ceremony.
If you don't have regalia,
we encourage you to improvise.
Adaptability is a hallmark of
this pandemic and of the nursing profession.
We encourage all of our graduates to take
pictures or videos of your home ceremonies
and celebration and post them to Instagram or
Twitter with the hashtag #UMNnurse2020.
appear on this virtual commencement page.
We so look forward to seeing your home celebrations.
Please remember: our home and
virtual celebrations are not
a replacement to commencement.
We will schedule an in-person ceremony
when possible so that the class of
2020 can walk across the stage and we
can again formally acknowledge
all that you have accomplished.
Graduates of the Class of 2020,
the University of Minnesota and
the faculty and staff of the School of Nursing,
we share our sincere congratulations.
We are tremendously proud of all that you have achieved.
We're even more excited about all that you will
accomplish in nursing and
health care in the years to come.