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132 Students to Graduate from St. Joseph's College of Nursing on May 19

SYRACUSE-- St. Joseph's College of Nursing at St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center will hold its 113th annual graduation ceremony on Sunday, May 19, at 1 p.m. at the SRC Arena & Event Center, Onondaga Community College campus, Syracuse.

The associate degree in applied science with a major in nursing will be conferred on 132 students. Eighty-one have completed the school’s Weekday Option and 51 have completed the Weekend Option. Forty Weekend Option and 11 Weekday Option students who completed their program earlier in the year were honored at a convocation ceremony in January 2013. Students participating in St. Joseph’s Dual Degree Partnership with Le Moyne College will receive their associate’s degree in nursing from St. Joseph’s and then continue their studies at Le Moyne, receiving their bachelor’s degrees.

Bradford Berk, MD, CEO of the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) and senior vice president for health sciences, will be the commencement speaker. He will speak on “Patient- and Family-Centered Care: An Insider’s View.” After a several-month leave in which he recovered from a serious spinal cord injury, Dr. Berk has focused on cultural transformation at URMC, promoting development of a patient- and family-centered environment, developing capabilities to address the challenges of health care reform and facilitating the translation of fundamental research discoveries into clinical applications.

Since receiving his MD and PhD degrees from the University of Rochester, Dr. Berk has served on the faculties of Harvard Medical School, Emory University, and the University of Washington.  Dr. Berk was recruited to URMC in 1998 as chief of the cardiology division.  He founded URMC’s Aab Cardiovascular Research Institute (CVRI) and has published more than 250 articles, chapters and books.  Dr. Berk served as chairman of medicine from 2001 until 2006 when he became CEO.

Media are invited to cover the graduation ceremony. Dr. Berk will be available after the ceremony for interviews. Contact is Nicole Blumin, assistant dean for students at the college.

St. Joseph’s College of Nursing is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19104, (267) 284-5000. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. For more information, visit www.sjhcon.org or call 315-448-5040.

Notice of Non-Discriminatory Policy as to Students. The St. Joseph’s College of Nursing at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the College of Nursing. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs and other school-administered programs.