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May 2014 Archives

The Simmons College Class of 2014 graduated on Friday, May 9th.  Congratulations from all of us at the Dix Scholars Blog!  Check out the Commencement Connect page for more coverage.

Graduation might seem a long time away, especially if you haven't been in school for awhile.  But it may be closer than you think!  Our transfer credit policies allow you to bring in up to 80 credits, including up to 24 through credit for prior learning.  As a Dix Scholar, you can attend on a full-time or part-time basis, even varying your courseload by semester, in order to reach  your goals and your degree in a way that works for your life.

So take the plunge and apply, and soon it may be you walking across the stage at Commencement!

Sightings recently caught up with Janette B. Keddy, a 2012 graduate of our BSN program. Janette is currently a Community Health Nurse at the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Boston.

What was your education and career history before coming to Simmons?
I had a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Economics from Syracuse University. I had a real passion for healthcare economics, but found myself in a financial analyst role after my graduation. Years later this led to various analyst positions and ultimately to a career in Information Technology. During this time, I also became a certified running coach through the Road Runners Club of America and a yoga instructor.

Why did you choose to become a Nurse?
After becoming a running coach and yoga teacher, I had an extreme interest in the human body. I also am very interested in people. My previous career wasn't allowing me to make the difference in the world that I had hoped to make. Now, working as a nurse, I feel I am able to make a difference in people's lives and that is a very satisfying feeling.

Why did you choose Simmons?
I was attracted to the program because of its incredible reputation. I also was attracted to the Dix program in particular because it was meant for adult students and I wanted to be part of a like-minded group with similar goals.

What was it like coming back to school?
A dream come true! I have always loved school and having the opportunity to go back for something I was truly passionate about was a blessing. My class at Simmons was a diverse group of ages and backgrounds and I think that made the transition to going back as an adult much easier.

What was it like to be an adult student at Simmons?
I felt respected as an adult student by the faculty and my classmates. While it was very hard work, I do believe the faculty and my classmates all worked together to help each other balance classroom, clinical and home life. I felt like Simmons was my home away from home

What advice do you have for an adult thinking about Simmons?
My biggest piece of advice would be to make sure you have a strong support system. Simmons faculty will offer great support, but adults will need help at home. I found myself just needing a night off from making dinner and sometimes that made all the difference in making sure I had time to do reading. Don't be afraid to ask for help! Making a career change or going back to school as an adult (or both!) is definitely scary, but change is good, albeit scary, and we all need change to grow.

How did you find your first nursing job?
Simmons College and the VNA of Boston had received a grant to start the first residency program for new nurses to start their careers in the community. I had the incredible opportunity to be a part of this residency program.

Has Simmons prepared you for this position?
Yes, it has, and then some! It's long been thought that new graduates need at least one year of acute care experience before entering the community as a visiting nurse. The group of new Simmons graduates who started at the VNA of Boston have been told several times how well-prepared we were with our assessment skills and clinical knowledge. I owe this to Simmons' amazing faculty and clinical experiences.

If reading about Janette's time at Simmons gets you excited about our second-degree Nursing options, apply now!


On Thursday, May 22nd, come visit Simmons to learn how to earn up to 24 college credits for your life and work experience.  Our Credit for Prior Learning workshop will teach you how your experience can be transferred into college credits and significantly reduce the cost of tuition.  Register here!

We have planned this event as a workshop for adult students seeking to complete their first bachelor's degree.  Strong candidates for this program are those who generally have less than 80 college credits and are seeking a bachelor's degree in one of our close to fifty majors.  Please note that due to the specific requirements of the nursing or physical therapy programs, students seeking to pursue these majors are often not candidates for the Credit for Prior Learning option.   If you have specific questions about your potential eligibility, please email: for additional guidance from an admission counselor prior to the event.

Looking to learn more before the event?  Check out our June 2012 Sightings entry!

The 2014 Bay State Bike Week is May 10-18, so there's no better time to learn about biking to the Simmons campus!  Bikes are a great way to get around Boston and stay healthy.  We know this is important to many of our adult students, especially those who are studying to enter into or further their careers in the healthcare industry. Here at Simmons, popular majors for adult students include nutrition, public health, nursing and exercise science.  Students interested in our environmental science major, or anyone with a passion for the planet, will know that biking can benefit the environment.  It's also a great way to save money on  your commute!  
Simmons has multiple bike racks, as well as several Hubway bike rental stations in the area.  You can even purchase a bike helmet at the Simmons bookstore!  If you want to try out biking before you commit, each undergraduate can check out two 24-hour Hubway passes from the Office of Student Leadership and Activities.  You can read more about our neighborhood's bike resources here.  Happy biking!  


Simmons College is excited to announce the dates of our May and June admission events for adult undergraduates.  Come visit us and learn more about our programs and services, how to apply, financial aid, and why adult women choose Simmons!  Click below to register for a session:
Additional dates will be added in July and August!  If you can't make it to one of our regular admission events, or if you have additional questions after attending, we encourage you to set up an individual meeting, phone call, or Skype call with an admission representative.  Just contact our Campus Visit Coordinator at 617-521-2051 or toll-free at 800-345-8468 to schedule an appointment!

Did you know that May 8th is National Student Nurses Day?  The day is part of National Nurses Week, which begins on May 6th and runs until May 12th (Florence Nightingale's birthday).  The week is sponsored by the American Nurses Association, and celebrates the contributions of nurses to society.  This year, Student Nurses Day will hold special meaning for students at Simmons, as it falls on the date of our pinning ceremony when graduating students receive their Nursing pins.

Want to learn more about Nursing at Simmons?  You can visit to sign up for an information session, review our options for adults, and learn how to apply! 

Already hold a bachelor's degree in another field? Apply now for our 14 month accelerated BSN!

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A Simmons Nursing Pinning Ceremony from 1964.