Proud Georgetown Firsts: School of Nursing & Health Studies Graduates

With commencement fast approaching for the Class of 2014, it is important to remember some of the Georgetown pioneers who paved the way for the diverse, ever-evolving student body today. In celebration of Nurses Week, we are highlighting the accomplishments of some history-making alumnae from the School of Nursing & Health Studies.

School of Nursing class of 1912Class of 1912 in classThe first graduating class of the Georgetown University Hospital Training School for Nurses along with Sister Pauline, OSF, the first Sister Superior and superintendent of Georgetown University Hospital.


One hundred and eleven years ago, the Georgetown University Hospital Nurses Training School was founded. The school’s first students, all female, received their diplomas three years later in 1906. These proud graduates helped open the door for other young women (and men) to what is now the Georgetown School of Nursing & Health Studies. They also helped pave the way for other female students to attend Georgetown as each of its schools became integrated.

In the Washington Post announcement from 1906 pictured below, the names of these eight graduates is detailed along with the highlights of their graduation program: