Frontier Nursing University (FNU) President Dr. Susan Stone, DNSc, CNM, FACNM, FAAN, will give the keynote address at FNU’s commencement on Saturday, September 23, at 11:00 a.m. For the second consecutive year, commencement will be held at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky. Earlier this year, Dr. Stone announced her intention to transition into a new role as the university’s appointed Distinguished Chair of Midwifery and Nursing. Dr. Stone’s move into this role is tentatively planned to occur at the end of 2023, pending the identification of her successor. Dr. Stone has served as the president of FNU since 2001.
“Commencement is, of course, the biggest event on our calendar every year,” Dr. Stone said. “It is the culmination and celebration of the incredible work our students complete to prepare themselves to care for the people in their communities across the country. We celebrate this day with their friends and family members who have sacrificed to help their loved ones achieve this goal. We also celebrate with our faculty and staff, who routinely go above and beyond to serve our students. I am excited and humbled to have the opportunity to give the keynote address to such an amazing group of people on their special day.”
FNU’s commencement ceremony honors the nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners who have completed the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, Master in Science of Nursing degree, or Post-Graduate Certificate. FNU, which awarded 1,001 degrees in 2021 and 1,040 in 2022, expects to award more than 1,000 again this year for master’s, doctoral, and post-graduate certificate graduates.