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“Celebrate, enjoy your accomplishments, and prepare for entry into your professional career, or the next phase of it. You have chosen a pathway that is at times frustrating, heartbreaking, challenging, and oh-so-rewarding. A career in which your highest rewards come when you are ‘all in’—giving to your patients and colleagues the very best within you. 

“There is incredible diversity available to you in this career you have chosen. There are new jobs being created every day. As a nurse, you will have many options to follow your passion and make a difference to the population you choose to serve. You will be able to grow professionally, select a specialty, advance your education, and give back to your community, your college, and your profession. The more you give, the more rewards you will gain in return.” 

—Judy E. Himes’76, MSN, RN, NE-BC
Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer
Penn State Health, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Spring 2018 commencement speaker, University Park