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Upcoming Commencement Dates:

The Ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 15 at 10:30 at the Palace Theatre located just two miles from the College of Nursing at 2384 James St, Syracuse, NY 13206. 

Friends and Family can watch there ceremony live here: St. Joseph's College of Nursing's YouTube Channel

Graduation/Commencement Weekday May 2021 FAQs:

When is Graduation Rehearsal? 

Graduation Rehearsal will be held at the Palace Theatre on Friday, May 14 at 10:00 AM. Students can begin to arrive at 9:45 

When should Graduates arrive?

On May 15, Graduates should plan to arrive by 9:45.
What should Graduates wear under their regalia? 

Graduates should dress in semi-professional attire that is appropriate and affords you the opportunity to walk up stairs and safely cross the stage.
What is the structure of the commencement ceremony?  

The Ceremony is held at the Palace Theatre at 2384 James St, Syracuse, NY 13206.  The ceremony lasts about an hour to an hour and a half.  Graduates report to the graduate room to robe.  Students are put in alphabetical order.  Students then proceed to begin the procession led by their Class Representatives. Interim Dean Susan Berger will begin the procession followed by, faculty and staff, and then students. Interim Dean Susan Berger conducts the ceremony.  Following the Procession, the ceremony includes a performance of the National Anthem, an Invocation, Salutation and Welcoming Remarks, Presentation to the Class, Class Speech, Conferring of Degrees, Presentation of Graduate Pins, Presentation of Awards & Scholarships, Blessing, and Recessional. 
How long does it last?

There ceremony should last between an hour and an hour and a half.   
Who is the St. Joseph’s College of Nursing Class Speaker?

Nicole Adams ‘21
Who are the St. Joseph’s College of Nursing Commencement Pinners?

Julie Middleton '04, Kelly Parker '01, Nancy Poole '03 and Stephen Stewart
When do I get my regalia (cap & gown)?

Caps, gowns, and other regalia will be passed out on, Thursday, May 6. We also plan to have your senior shirt and graduation mask available at that time. 

How do I wear my regalia?

Watch this short vide to learn more
What GPA do I need to graduate with honors?

Degrees are conferred with honors based on the student’s final cumulative grade-point average.  Honors are conferred as follows: summa cum laude 3.8 and above, magna cum laude 3.6 to 3.79, cum laude 3.4 to 3.59.  Official GPAs are taken from SONIS and not from Canvas. 
What is the process for selecting recipients of graduation awards and scholarships?

The recipients of all graduation awards and scholarships (except those stated below) are nominated by survey monkey by the faculty that taught them during their enrollment at St. Joseph’s College of Nursing.  The nominees are then submitted to the scholarship committee and the recipient is selected based on the criteria set forth by the donor with the approval of the College administration also keeping in mind the mission of the college. The Sister Antonia/Angel of Mercy Award recipient is selected by his or her classmates.
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More than 4,000 men and women have graduated from St. Joseph’s College of Nursing. These graduates relate the personal satisfaction and pride they feel upon attaining this milestone. Most choose to accept positions at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, while others find employment at health care facilities in the community, the region or another state. The excellent reputation of our college and hospital assures that St. Joseph’s alumni will readily find positions in their chosen field. In 2015, 89% of our 84 graduates accepted nursing positions at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center. Many of our graduates plan to pursue higher education.

As a Graduate...

At the completion of this program of study at St. Joseph’s College of Nursing, the graduate will be eligible to sit for the National Council Licensing Examination for registered professional nursing.

St. Joseph’s College of Nursing graduates enjoy a near-perfect pass rate on the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX). Their scores have been consistently higher than the mean pass rate in New York state and the nation.

As a graduate, you will be prepared to...
  • integrate principles from the biopsychosocial sciences and nursing theory when planning and implementing care for patients in a variety of health care settings.
  • apply the nursing process in caring for patients with predictable and unpredictable outcomes throughout the life cycle
  • establish a therapeutic relationship to assist patients and families
  • design individualized teaching plans as an integral component of patient care
  • incorporate moral, ethical and legal standards of the profession in the practice of nursing
  • collaborate with interdisciplinary personnel to provide comprehensive care to patients and families
  • demonstrate responsibility and accountability as a member of the nursing profession