UArizona College of Nursing celebrates 2024 convocation

May 17, 2024
A University of Arizona College of Nursing professor carries a Nurse-Midwifery graduate. Both are dressed in graduation caps and gowns and laughing.

University of Arizona College of Nursing assistant clinical professor Lisa Kiser, DNP, CNM, lifts Julia Chan in celebration of her earning her Doctor of Nursing Practice in the first cohort of the Nurse-Midwifery program during the college’s spring convocation.

Photo by Kris Hanning, UArizona Health Sciences Office of Communications

The University of Arizona College of Nursing honored its spring 2024 graduating class at Centennial Hall on May 9. A total of 135 Wildcat nurses celebrated the successful conclusion of their programs in front of family, friends and faculty. 

The keynote address was delivered by Lesly Kelly, PhD, an alumna of the college and nurse-scientist at CommonSpirit Health. “While nursing is sometimes considered a calling, I often describe it as a passion. More than just employment and even more than a career, nursing provides a deep-seated sense of purpose and commitment to caring for others,” Kelly said. “It is because of this passion that we give our all. We have an unwavering commitment to excellence, a fierce dedication to advocacy, and a profound sense of desire to make a tangible difference in the lives of patients and communities. We are so grateful for your passion and that you have chosen to not only be a nurse, but a Wildcat nurse.”

The event honored 50 Bachelor of Science in Nursing conventional pathway graduates, 61 Bachelor of Science in Nursing Integrative Health Pathway graduates, 22 Doctor of Nursing Practice graduates, and two Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing graduates.

Even though we all came to this program for different reasons, we are all leaving with the same goal; to care for every patient with empathy, compassion, dignity, respect and to see and understand them beyond their symptoms and diagnosis,” said student speaker, Clarissa Padilla, who earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing-Integrative Health Pathway degree. 

Graduate spotlights on a BSN and PhD graduate are available on the College of Nursing website.