SON Honors First DNP-CRNA Class

11 Nurse Anesthesia program students stand on the steps before a white marble building and columns. All but one are wearing white lab coats.

The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing honored its Doctor of Nursing Practice, Nurse Anesthesia program students during the school’s DNP-CRNA graduation ceremony on August 7. Friends and alumni viewed the graduation ceremony online, celebrating the accomplishments of the inaugural graduating class of 10 students.

The DNP-CRNA program is a nine semester, full-time program where students are educated for the full scope of practice. Graduates earn a doctor of nursing practice degree with a specialty in nurse anesthesia. The ceremony was held via video conference in order to follow social distancing guidelines.

The event featured dynamic class and faculty speakers and a brief awards presentation honoring students and faculty.

Student speaker Kaitlyn Ogden spoke about the excitement of the momentous occasion, celebrating the inaugural class by thanking friends and family for their continued support, especially during a unique graduation experience.

“We have learned how to work in a completely new environment,” said Ogden. “We became pioneers in a whole new way, but we adapted and survived the impact. We persevered, we met the challenges, we excelled. This same spirit within us will surely follow as we enter our careers.”

In the ceremony’s closing remarks, student speaker Sarah Green encouraged her 10 peers to provide the highest quality of care for every patient.

“Remember how far you’ve come. We’ve been through it all together—sleepless nights, loss, personal struggles,” said Green. “But also laughter, joy, and celebration of so many small victories. We have worked hard to make sure we succeeded together. We have done it. We came together as strangers, but we leave as family.”

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