Jun 9, 2023
Salt Lake City, UT June 8, 2023 – Joyce University of Nursing and Health Sciences proudly commemorated the remarkable achievements of 357 healthcare students at its graduation ceremony held on June 8, 2023, at the illustrious Abravanel Hall. Representing states from coast to coast, including Utah, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oregon, and Pennsylvania, these graduates have exemplified dedication and excellence throughout their academic journey.
This year’s graduating class is distinguished by five exceptional graduates who have earned high honors for their outstanding accomplishments, while another 108 students have graduated with well-deserved honors. Notably, nine graduates successfully completed their degrees while selflessly serving in the military. With an average age of 30.5 and an impressive average GPA of 3.47, the Class of 2023 epitomizes the resilience and academic brilliance that Joyce University instills in its students.
Dr. John Smith-Coppes, Provost and Chief Academic Officer, extended his heartfelt congratulations to the graduates, emphasizing their readiness to embark on their professional journeys and contribute meaningfully to their communities. He expressed immense pride in their unwavering commitment and excellence demonstrated throughout their rigorous learning experiences. He added, “Congratulations to our Joyce University graduates – you are clearly ready to enter the workforce, serve your community, and live your purpose. You have demonstrated excellence and commitment to your chosen profession during your years of hands-on study and learning. We are excited for you to contribute in rich and meaningful ways to your communities; we have no doubt that you will continue to accomplish great things in the future.”
Joyce University prides itself on offering a diverse range of healthcare degree programs and pathways, catering to the individual aspirations of its students. The Class of 2023 encompasses a cohort of 12 graduates in the Associate of Science in Occupational Therapy program, 200 graduates in the Associate of Science in Nursing program, 134 graduates in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, and 24 graduates in the Master of Science in Nursing program.
The momentous occasion of the graduates’ transition into the healthcare profession was marked by the symbolic pinning ceremonies. The new nurses were ceremoniously pinned at Alta High School on May 31st, and the OTA program graduates received their pins on June 6th.
The commencement ceremony featured inspiring addresses from three esteemed graduates, Camille Boshard (Associate of Science in Nursing), Amanda Tate (Associate of Occupational Therapy), and William Jones (Master of Science in Nursing). Their speeches encapsulated the spirit of achievement, resilience, and dedication that epitomize Joyce University’s graduates.
Additionally, the audience had the privilege of hearing from Dr. Brad Pulsipher, DPT, OCS. Dr. Pulsipher came to Joyce not as a student, but as a faculty member leveraging his years of experience as a Physical Therapist to teach General Education to healthcare students. During this time as a Joyce Faculty, Dr. Pulsipher decided to apply his education toward a Bachelor of Science in Nursing through Joyce’s Accelerated BSN program, and graduated with the 2023 cohort.
For more information about Joyce University and its innovative nursing programs, please visit joyce.edu.