Mangalore: Father Muller charitable Institutions organised the graduation day of Father Muller School and College of Nursing on 23rd March.
The day began with a Thanksgiving Eucharistic celebration at 8.00 am in the St Joseph Chapel where Rev Msgr Maxim Lawrence Noronha, Vicar General of Mangalore Diocese was the main celebrant. He also preached a meaningful homily highlighting the role of nurses in the healing ministry. A very meaningful liturgy was organised.
The afternoon programme started with the photography session at 1.30 pm for the graduands along with the teaching faculty, management and guests. The Graduation Ceremony was held at 2.30 pm in the Father Muller Convention Centre. The program commenced with the procession of Graduands of Basic Bsc Nursing, Post basic Bsc Nursing and MSc Nursing of Father Muller college of Nursing followed by graduands of Father Muller School of nursing accompanied by the teaching faculty and the dignitaries. The procession was headed by the band playing tunes of festive songs led by the students of Father Muller college of Nursing. The dignitaries were given a symbolic welcome in the traditional Indian style, the Poornakumbha Swagatha followed by the Prayer dance performed by the students of Father Muller School and college of Nursing.
Rev Sr Dr Matilda Monteiro, Provincial Superior, Sisters of charity was the chief guest. Rt Rev Msgr Maxim Lawrence Noronha, Vicar general of Mangalore diocese and also the vice president of Father Muller charitable Institutions presided over the function.
Rev Fr Richard Aloysius Coelho, Director of the Institutions, Rev Fr Rudolph Ravi DSa, Administrator of Father Muller medical college hospital, Rev Fr Ajith Menezes, Adminstrator, Father Muller medical college, Rev Sr Jacintha DSouza, Principal, Father Muller college of Nursing, Mrs Jasmine Saritha Vas, Principal, Father Muller school of Nursing, Prof Victoria D’Almeida,Vice Principal, Father Muller college of Nursing, Rev Sr Janet DSouza, Chief Nursing officer of Father Muller Medical college hospital were present on the dias.
Rev. Fr Richard Aloysius Coelho, welcomed the dignitaries, all the graduates, their parents, governing board members, invitees, guests, staff and students. He also introduced the chief guest of the function to the gathering. Rev Sr Jacintha DSouza read out a brief annual report of college of Nursing and Mrs Jasmine Saritha Vas presented the annual report of School of nursing.
As many as 175 graduates from school and college of nursing celebrated their success on this day. It was a matter of pride for the institution as there were 102 students from Basic BSc nursing, 24 students from Post Basic BSc nursing, 9 students from MSc nursing and 40 students from Father Muller School of nursing. All the graduates were honoured during the Graduation Ceremony and were presented with Certificates.
Delivering the graduation address, Rev Sr Dr Matilda Monteiro said, nurses are the backbone of health care and Father Muller charitable institution is one of the brand institutions in providing dedicated nurses for this healing ministry. She asked all the graduates to carry on the Legacy of Fr Muller forward by serving the needy with love and care.
During this occasion all the achievers in various fields were awarded. Meritorious graduates and students were presented with awards and prizes for their achievements in academics. The Best out going graduate for the year 2018 was awarded to Ms Shalu Sebastian from Basic BSc Nursing. Ms Shalu Sebastian delivered the response on behalf of all the Graduates expressing her joy and gratitude.
In his presidential address, Rev Msgr Maxim Lawrence Noronha, called upon the graduates to uphold the motto of Father Muller charitable Institutions and also to render quality and dedicated nursing care and make their alma mater proud. He wished them success in their future endeavours.
The Chief Guest, Rev Sr Dr Matilda Monteiro and Rev Msgr Maxim Lawrence Noronha were honoured by presenting a memento. Prof Victoria D Almeida, Vice Principal, college of nursing, proposed the vote of thanks.
After the recession of the graduates, cultural events were organised for the gathering. Around 900 people consisting of graduates, post graduates, parents, alumni, guests, invitees, staff and students witnessed this solemn celebration. Graduation refreshments were served to all after the program.