Indiana University School of Nursing Graduates First Class from Fort Wayne Campus

In conjunction with Purdue University Fort Wayne, Indiana University Fort Wayne will be holding an in-person graduation ceremony on June 18 at the Memorial Coliseum. Indiana University Fort Wayne is anticipating a total of 132 graduates from the nursing, medical imaging, and dental programs. Nearly half of the graduates are nursing students.

This is the first class of IU School of Nursing Fort Wayne (IUSON-FW) program graduates to receive an Indiana University diploma following the realignment of IPFW in 2018.

“This class of graduates from Indiana University School of Nursing Fort Wayne will always be known as the first graduates of IUSON Fort Wayne and will hold a special place in the history of one of the top nursing schools in the nation,” said Robin Newhouse, Dean and Distinguished Professor at IU School of Nursing. “Their success is a direct reflection of dedication and hard work within the context of an international pandemic, affecting how and where they learned as well as their clinical practice as students.”

IUSON-FW students were celebrated and recognized at a virtual pinning ceremony on Friday, May 7 with friends and family. This ceremony is a nursing tradition which celebrates the successful completion of the program and anticipates the next step of the graduate’s nursing career.

“These students learned how to become nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic where their didactic courses were delivered virtually and their clinical courses were conducted face-to-face,” said Christopher Coleman, Associate Dean and Professor at IU School of Nursing Fort Wayne. “I hope the students continue to rely on scientific evidence to inform patient care delivery. I believe this experience has prepared them tremendously.”

IU Fort Wayne and the IUSON program continue to grow and are looking forward to the future of the campus and program. This year, IU Fort Wayne will also be welcoming its first class of students for the Accelerated Nursing Program, a program designed for students who have earned a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field and want to pursue a nursing career.

“The new Accelerated Nursing Program is going to be an incredible opportunity for those interested in pursuing a career in nursing,” said Coleman. “We are looking forward to the incoming cohort of students.”

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