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“Today is a Celebration of New Beginnings”

May 13, 2022
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Master of Science in Nursing graduates Ben Brondsky, left, and Kevin Berney before the start of Commencement 2022.

Graduates in the Class of 2022 shared their stories of perseverance through the pandemic and their eagerness to launch their new careers.

By Kate Chaney
Office of Strategic Communications

After two years of pandemic-induced virtual graduation ceremonies, May 13 brought the MGH Institute’s first in-person graduation since 2019.  Masked, yet thrilled to be together, an estimated audience of 3,000 people celebrated the 612 new graduates across multiple schools and programs.

Many of the graduates began their programs before the coronavirus pandemic closed the Charlestown Navy Yard campus and education shifted to remote learning for more than a year. For these students in particular,  Commencement 2022 was especially meaningful. 

“Starting before the pandemic and then shifting to remote learning was challenging but made us appreciate human connection so much more,” shared Kevin Berney, who earned a Master of Science in Nursing degree. “We couldn’t be happier to be around each other and share this celebration today.”
    
Added Greg Laudani, who started the Doctor of Occupational Therapy program in September 2019. “We’ve had to overcome considerable adversity, which is just a testament to the dedication and capabilities we will offer the world in the years to come,” he said.

His classmate, Tri Vo, agreed, noting that this adversity brought him and his peers together and cemented their bonds. “We came in here individually but we’re coming out a team. Throughout our program, we’ve had to stick together and support each other – there was no other way.” 

Despite it all, the graduates say they are eager and excited to offer their expertise to the world. 

“Completing our degrees in a pandemic prepared us even more for a hospital setting, teaching us to power through challenges,” noted Lydia Depina, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduate. “That’s why we’re so excited – and proud – to be here today. Our program was demanding, as will be our careers, but today is a celebration of new beginnings.” 

Added BSN graduate Sarah Carucci: “The future of nursing, and healthcare overall, is incredibly bright, primarily because of today’s graduates and their compassionate, caring attitudes. I’m excited, personally, to bring my heart and soul into this profession for years to come.” 

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BSN '22 graduates wait for ceremony