The 60th Anniversary festivities began on Thursday evening, October 21, with a welcome reception hosted by the school’s dean, Dr. Doreen Harper. The school was the perfect venue to host graduates who traveled from all over the world to participate in the celebration.

Over 200 guests enjoyed reconnecting with fellow classmates, colleagues, faculty, students and their alma mater.  While the halls were filled with stories and laughter, guests also enjoyed a jazz band and a historical video showcasing the School distinguished history and alumni.  Other highlights included a cake that adorned the School’s 60th Anniversary logo, history walk, and the presentation of the Visionary Leader award to Joan Vitello-Ciccio, who was unable to stay for the Awards Ceremony on October 22.


Concluding the festivities on October 23 was a Cap and Cape brunch at the School of Nursing – to honor graduates of diploma nursing-school programs that operated in the past on what is now the UAB campus.

Attendees enjoyed reconnecting with each other during a visit to the Archives room followed by a tour of the Learning Resources Center where they enjoyed watching simulation lab mannequins deliver a baby.  Prior to brunch, the group enjoyed a toast by Dr. Doreen Harper as she recognized the group as the “foundation for our success”. Alumni and their guests enjoyed a delicious brunch and were treated to a “doll cake” designed and created by Barb's Cakes as a replica of the uniform of the 1940s diploma nursing student complete with a hand stitched blue cape and white cape and uniform.

Immediately following the planned activities, alumni were invited to tour the campus by bus complete with a stop in front of the entrance  of Hillman Hospital where they took full advantage of a photo opportunity.


On Friday October 22, the School of Nursing honored 60 Visionary Leaders and over 80 Recognized Leaders at a breakfast held at Rosewood Hall in SoHo Square. Honorees were acknowledged for having made significant national and international contributions to the field of nursing and healthcare. These graduates impact healthcare as deans and directors of nursing programs, presidents of colleges or universities, accomplished research scientists and outstanding faculty all of whom have lead the way for significant changes in the field of health care at the local, state, national and international level.  Joanne Disch, PhD, RN, FAAN, was the key-note speaker for this special ceremony.

View Visionary Leader Awards Ceremony

View Visionary Leader Breakfast Program
Program, including speaker Joanne M. Disch, PhD, RN, FAAN