On January 27, 2017, Boston College's School of Nursing celebrated its 70th anniversary with an open house for alumni, faculty, students and the Boston College community. In 1947, the school opened its doors with a class of 35 students. Since then, Boston College has educated more than 10,000 nurses.
In her remarks, Dean Susan Gennaro read a note of well wishes sent from a member of the first nursing class. Mary Kelly Cass, who received her bachelor of science in nursing in 1950, expressed her regrets over being unable to attend the festivities, but wanted those in attendance to know how meaningful her Boston College nursing education was to her. The 92-year-old alumna holds a current R.N. license.
The open house featured an exhibition of nursing objects from University archives, including uniforms, yearbooks, and photographs. Clough Millennium Professor of History James O’Toole presented "1947 to Today," a brief history of the school.
—Photographs by Rose Lincoln