Statement from Chancellor Malatras on SUNY Upstate Medical University’s College of Nursing Graduation

May 8, 2021

Photos from the commencement ceremony are available online.

"Nurses are the heartbeat of healthcare, and the Upstate Medical University College of Nursing graduates have proven themselves to join this most noble profession. They provide high-quality care, and make sure they are there for their patients in their time of need—and they have received excellent training at Upstate, this renowned institution, to continue their life's work.

The world needs healing now more than ever, and that is what our graduates are—healers. This moment in history illustrates how important nurses are and always will be for our society. Congratulations to all of today's graduates—they have made the SUNY Family proud, and we look forward to seeing all that they accomplish."

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