The Helene Fuld College of Nursing (HFCN), located on 24 E. 120th St. in Harlem, held its fall graduation ceremony at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church on Sunday, Nov. 17.

Founded in 1945, HFCN provides critically needed registered nurses to medically underserved geographical areas. The college offers two nursing programs: a licensed practical nurse to registered nurse associate degree program and an upper division registered nurse to Bachelor of Science degree program.

At this commencement ceremony, associate degrees in applied science were conferred upon 98 graduating students in the college’s licensed practical nurse to registered nurse program.

Dr. Wendy Robinson, president and CEO of HFCN, led the commencement exercises.

The commencement address were provided by alumnus Fadya Casseus, R.N., M.A., from the class of 2007, who is a charge nurse, Beth Israel Brooklyn Committee spokesperson and a member of the HFCN Alumni Association. In her commencement speech, she said, “It takes a nurse to save a life … yes, you will experience the difficulties and hard work of nursing. But you will also experience the joy of nursing, patients you literally nurse back to health and see them go home again … nursing has given me some of the fullest, most fulfilling moments I’ve experienced in my life, and I wish for you, as we prepare to leave here today, that it will be just as rewarding for you. Thank you and good night!”

The graduation keynote speaker was Sen. Chuck Schumer. He also said, “We have a shortage of nurses, and you, the graduating class of fall 2013, will greatly help to know we are moving in the right direction to correct this deficiency.”