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Tickets on sale for 125th anniversary gala

Tickets on sale for 125th anniversary gala

Pictured are Belle McLaughlin and Miss Bell in school uniforms in 1901.

VCU School of Nursing will mark its 125th anniversary this year with a variety of events to celebrate its tradition of being a leader in nursing education and research.

Founded in 1893 as the Virginia Hospital Training School for Nurses, the school has evolved from initially offering a diploma in nursing to currently offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs. VCU School of Nursing has graduated more than 11,000 nurses and currently enrolls approximately 800 students annually.

“Our school’s history is rich with defining moments that contributed greatly to the development of nursing education and shaped who we are today,” said Jean Giddens, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, dean and the Doris B. Yingling Endowed Chair. “We’re proud to mark our 125th year and celebrate the collective efforts of past leaders, faculty, staff, students and community partners for building such a game-changing legacy.”

To celebrate its anniversary, the school is hosting several 125th anniversary events this fall culminating with its 125th Anniversary Gala. Remaining events include: 

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

125th Anniversary Lecture, Time Capsule Burial Celebration/Lunch 11.a.m. – 1 p.m.

Guest speaker: Two-time alumna Cindy Munro, RN, ANP-BC, FAAN, FAANP, FAAAS (Ph.D. ‘92/N; Cert.‘97/N), dean and professor as the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies

Topic: “Strategy and Agility: Moving Nursing Forward”
Lecture – Younger Auditorium Other activities – Student Lounge and SON Garden

Both events are free and open to the public. RSVPs for lunch would be appreciated. To RSVP, please contact Alesia Gibbs at 

Thursday, October 25, 2018

VCU School of Nursing 125th Anniversary Gala (TICKETS NOW ON SALE!)
5:30 p.m.
The Jefferson Hotel
101 West Franklin Street
Richmond, Virginia

Space is limited. Kindly purchase tickets by Oct. 17. 

In recognition of its anniversary, the school is also sharing historical milestones each Monday on its TwitterFacebook and Instagram accounts.  Alumni and the community are invited to follow and participate in discussions, using the hashtag #VCUSON125. They can also visit this web page to stay up-to-date on celebration events. 

View the VCU School of Nursing 125th Anniversary Timeline. 


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