On May 24, 260 men and women received their degrees —149 baccalaureate (BS), 89 master’s (74 MSN, 15 MSN-MPH), and 22 doctorates (18 DNP, 4 PhD)—and joined the proud tradition of Johns Hopkins Nursing.
“Step forward, 2012 graduates of Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, it’s your time to LEAD!” rallied commencement speaker Linda Burnes Bolton, DrPH, RN, FAAN, Vice President for Nursing, Chief Nursing Officer, and Director of Nursing Research, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Students Adam Jabour and Kristal Melvin also spoke at the ceremony, which was held at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center in Baltimore.
The robe: Today’s fashionable academic attire comes from medieval Europe, where scholars were also clerics who wore the costume of their monastic order.
Master’s grads have an oblong sleeve that opens at the wrist; doctoral grads have a bell-shaped sleeve with three velvet bars.
The hood lining: The hood’s gold lining reflects the colors of Johns Hopkins University, the degree-granting institution.
The hood trim: The hood’s apricot trim shows that the academic degree was received in the field of nursing.
The stole: Some Hopkins nursing grads choose to wear a colorful Kente stole as a symbol of creativity, unity, and variety. The stoles are hand-woven for the School by a women’s group in Ghana.
The University Motto:
Veritas vos liberabit. The truth shall make you free. John 8:32