Graduation Info

MAY 2024 Commencement

Saturday, May 18th, 2024


Where is the May 2024 Commencement Ceremony?

The Ceremony will be held at Believer’s Chapel (7912 Thompson Rd, Cicero, NY  13039).

  • Guests may enter beginning at 9:00 AM
  • Graduates should plan to arrive by 9:15 AM
  • Ceremony begins at 10:00 AM

When should Graduates arrive?

9:15 AM

What should Graduates wear under their regalia?

Graduates should dress in semi-professional attire that is appropriate and affords you the opportunity to walk upstairs and safely cross the stage.

Who is the St. Joseph’s College of Nursing Class Speaker?


What is the process for selecting recipients of graduation awards and scholarships?

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.

Who is the Exemplary RN that the class has chosen to honor?


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.

More than 6,000 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.