Nineteen students graduated with Bachelor of Science degrees in Nursing from St. John’s College of Nursing on Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. They each have met a common goal – to become registered nurses.

“The commencement ceremony signifies the joyous accomplishments our graduates have attained over the past 16 months.” said Charlene Aaron, PhD, RN, chancellor of St. John’s College. “It is humbling and exhilarating to watch the professional growth of each student’s journey. I have the utmost pride in our graduates and wish them a blessed nursing career.”

The college’s partnership with St. John’s Hospital enables students to gain hands on experience and to become familiar with hospital staff and procedures. Seventy-three percent of the graduates have job placements at St. John’s and will begin their nursing career in the next few weeks.

The ceremony was held at the St. Francis of Assisi Church at the Chiara Center in Springfield, Ill., with friends and family in attendance.

List of Graduates:
Brittany Aldridge - Pleasant Plains, IL
Shania Bacon - Beardstown, IL
Desire Barker - Cuba, IL
Brooke Bauer - Glenarm, IL
Jessica Brooks - Dawson, IL
Amber Elmore - Farmersville, IL
Abigail Furman - Cantrall, IL
Walter Jarvis, IV - Glendale, AZ
Ann Jessup - Divernon, IL
Brianna Joos - Jerome, IL
Stuart Kopps - Springfield, Il
Lauryn Kraushaar - Jacksonville, IL
Jacob Lochhead -Chester, IL
Cydney Musch - Arenzville, IL
Danielle Musgrove - Auburn, IL
Lauren Owens - Pecatonica, IL
Mary Walton - Springfield, IL
Corinne Weber - Freeburg, IL
Madison Westbrook - Litchfield, IL


About St. John’s College 
St. John’s College, a department of St. John’s Hospital, in Springfield, Illinois the oldest Catholic hospital-based school of nursing in the United States. In 1886, the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis founded St. John's Hospital School of Nursing. Their mission was to care for the sick and needy of the community in a spirit of joy, respect and commitment to competence. Initially the school was created as a two-year diploma program to educate members of the founding religious order. In 1912 the school accepted the first lay women. St. John's School of Nursing transitioned into St. John's College in 1991. Today, St. John's College students can earn a Bachelor or Master of Science in nursing degree. During our long and rich history, we have undergone many transitions. However, the constant has been dedication to the education of professional nurses whose practice exemplifies excellence in health care.
About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 15 local systems and physician practices in Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O’Fallon, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay).  HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit

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