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Regis College brimming with bachelor's, master's, and doctor's

May 9, 2014

Valedictorian Rachel Ababarnel, BSN, celebrates liberal arts education

Weston, MA. This afternoon at 3 p.m. Regis College celebrated over 360 students in the Class of 2014 who received the bachelor of arts, the bachelor of science, or the bachelor of social work, out of 706 total graduates.

“Regis is graduating over 700 students tomorrow, May 10, across all degree programs from the Associate of Science to the Bachelor’s to the Master’s to the Doctorate of Nursing Practice,” said Regis president Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN.

Today, valedictorian Rachel Abarbarnel ’14, who received her BSN, spoke to the class of bachelor’s candidates about embarking on a path of lifelong learning.

“Regis put forth the effort to reach out to me, offering me to come find my own path,” Abarbarnel said.

“And, that is exactly what I found, a path to knowledge, confidence, and success,” she continued, personally addressing her classmates. “This path is not all about the final destination, but the journey…. A trail to always lead you to new destination and revelations. We are now lifelong learners.”

Abarbarnel’s mother is a nurse practitioner and her father, a physician, was the valedictorian of his class at Northwestern University. This Regis graduate has clearly found her path to keeping up her medical family’s professional commitment to care.

“Regis College Master’s programs in Biomedical Science, Health Administration, Organizational and Professional Communication, Nursing, Regulatory and Clinical Research Management, the Master’s of Arts in Teaching, Heritage Studies and others are contributing to the bond between academe and industry in our region,” said Vice President, Academic Affairs, Malcolm Asadoorian, PhD, “and as an economist I am very interested in that.”

Traditionally, the Baccalaureate Liturgy marks the first academic milestone for students on the Catholic university campus located in Weston, 12 miles outside of Boston, and today the Fine Arts Center auditorium was brimming with students, their families, and their guests as faculty members vested the candidates in academic hoods in Regis colors.

The Baccalaureate was followed early this evening with a Pinning Ceremony for over 200 of the new graduates receiving the BSN. While it is universally recognized that the ground level of professional nursing today requires the academic rigor of the bachelor’s degree (Bachelor of Science in Nursing), most students also claim the professional tradition of “pinning” in which the new nurse receives a pin designating her school of nursing and professional standing.

On Tuesday evening, May 6, Regis College faculty proudly vested over 230 graduate students in their master’s and doctoral hoods. Over half will receive a Master’s of Science in Nursing, and 19 will receive doctorates in nursing practice on Saturday, May 10. In 2007 Regis was the first in our region to launch the DNP. Regis has been named twice (2008-2011; 2011-2015) by the National League of Nursing as a “Center of Excellence in Nursing Education.”

Joining all those taking graduate degrees tomorrow will be an additional 115 students receiving the associate of science degree through a partnership between Regis College and Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

On Saturday, May 10 700 students across all degrees from the associate of science through the bachelor’s and master’s to the doctorate of nursing practice will receive their diplomas at Regis at the official Commencement under the large tent on the Great Lawn of the campus.

Trustees, faculty, students and their guests will hear former New Hampshire speaker of the house Donna Page Sytek ’66 give the commencement address on May 10. Sytek for her public service and banking industry giant Marshall Sloane for his commitment to the neighborhoods and businesses of greater Boston will each receive an honorary doctor of law.

About 2000 graduate students and undergraduates are enrolled at the small university and historical liberal arts college twelve 12 miles outside Boston. Founded and sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston, Regis has provided cutting-edge higher education to the region and the nation since 1927.

Photos from the 2014 Baccalaureate

Two Graduates

Graduate and his Parent

Father Kilroy
Father Kilroy celebrates

Valedictorian Rachel Ababarnel gives the Valediction

Photos from the 2014 Nursing Pinning


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