Faculty of Health Disciplines

Pride and pandemic

On Oct. 2, 2020, Athabasca University and the Faculty of Health Disciplines celebrated the highlight of the academic year: Convocation.

While this year’s ceremony was decidedly different due to the COVID-19 pandemic, pride and joy were in plentiful supply as we honoured the Class of 2020 from the Bachelor of Nursing (Post-LPN and Post-RN), Master of Counselling, Master of Health Studies, Master of Nursing (Generalist and Nurse Practitioner), Graduate Diploma in Counselling, Post-Masters Certificate in Counselling and Post-Masters Diploma: Nurse Practitioner programs.

Congratulations, graduates, on your achievements!

The knowledge and skills you acquired at AU — what you learned and how you learned — have prepared you for these challenging times, and we are confident you will offer your personal and professional best to care for patients and clients.

The UN declared 2020 International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, in celebration of pioneering caregiver Florence Nightingale’s birth 200 years ago. It is fitting that respected nurse, health care leader and innovator Dr. Kathryn Hannah has been recognized by AU this year with the award of an Honorary Doctor of Science.

I hope her wonderful story helps inspire everyone in FHD’s Class of 2020 to contribute your many talents to improve the health and well-being of people and communities near and far, in these complex times and the future.

This year, like few others, is shining the light on health care professionals. We are so very proud to say that many — including the Class of 2020 — are members of FHD’s extended family.

It was a privilege to share a few words with you at Convocation, and to wish everyone the very best in your future endeavours.

Should that path bring you back to AU, the door is always open.

Dr. Margaret Edwards

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