College of Nursing Centennial

UNMC College of Nursing | 1917-2017
A Century of Academic Nursing Excellence: Transforming the Future  

The College is the state's oldest publicly-supported nursing college. Since its first class began with 13 women on Oct. 16, 1917, in the "University of Nebraska School for Nurses," more than 14,500 students have graduated. With 1,135 students currently enrolled, the UNMC College of Nursing is the largest nursing program in the state. The college has campuses in Omaha, Lincoln, Kearney, Scottsbluff and Norfolk. 

UNMC College of Nursing Dean, Juliann Sebastian, Ph.D., said, "Our 100th year is a special milestone for the College, as well as alums, and our partners across the state. Our graduates have made immeasurable contributions to the quality of life of Nebraskans. With a mission of education, research and outreach, our faculty, staff and students have been at the forefront of the evolution of the profession of nursing across Nebraska, the U.S. and the world.”

There will be special recognition of the Centennial during various annual programs and also in some new programming unique to this celebratory year. Here are some upcoming highlights of the Centennial programming:

October 20, 2017 — during the UNMC College of Nursing Centennial Gala, there will be an induction of inaugural members into the UNMC College of Nursing Hall of Fame. This is the highest honor of the College and serves to recognize these notable alumni for their extraordinary contributions. The 2017 College of Nursing Distinguished Alumnus Award and Nursing Excellence Award will also be presented during the Gala. Cocktail or semi-formal attire is welcome.
Centennial Gala History Book: In celebration of the UNMC College of Nursing Centennial, a beautiful coffee-table book has been created to showcase the history of the College. The book features historical information taken from the 1917-1987 College of Nursing book and continues through present day. This is a pre-sale and upon purchase, books will be shipped in mid-October. Books will also be available for purchase at the College of Nursing Centennial Gala on Friday, October 20, 2017. Only 200 books have been printed, so don’t miss out on taking home a piece of UNMC Nursing history!
October 20-21, 2017 — UNMC Alumni Reunion Weekend for the colleges of Nursing and Medicine. Honor years are those ending in 2 and 7. Call 402-559-4378 to register before October 6th.
Reunion Schedule