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Dean's Blog | April 30, 2020

A convocation like no other

Judith Karshmer

In my over 40 years of nursing education, this spring’s graduation and convocation are going to be, by far, the most unusual I’ve ever been a part of. When the semester started and we were all just coming back from the holidays, none of us could have imagined that in just a couple of months our world would be completely turned upside down. 

But here we are, making the most of this physically distant situation. Pivoting, persevering and preparing to celebrate you, the Class of 2020! Of course, it will look different with virtual commencements and convocations but the feeling of pride I have for all of you remains the same. You’ve accomplished so much and come so far in your time at Edson College and ASU.  

Your paths were all different. Some of you have taken what we used to consider the “traditional” route, starting right out of high school and graduating in 4 years. Others, because of changing interests or personal life challenges have taken the scenic route but guess what, you all ended up in the same spectacular place, as college graduates! 

Even though we won’t be with you personally on May 11, I hope you’ll take the time to share your celebrations with us by tagging us on social media.  

And remember, your connection to Edson College doesn’t end when you get your diploma. We are here for you as alumni too. Whether you need a resume review or a recommendation; reach out, stay in touch.  

Finally, I want to formally invite you to come back in the Fall or next Spring to walk across the stage so I can personally congratulate each and every one of you.  

Congrats, Class of 2020! You did it!