(MIAMI, FL) On Saturday, April 11 Barry University hosted a virtual degree conferral for 17 Cardiovascular Perfusion students graduating early in light of the global COVID-19 pandemic. This is the first of two College of Nursing and Health sciences programs for which the University has expedited graduation in order to get qualified, well-educated health care professionals into the fight against coronavirus without delay.
The ceremony included a blessing from Rev. Carl Cramer, Associate Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences as well as addresses from Dr. John McFadden, Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and Cynthia Cervantes, Program Director. Barry University President, Dr. Mike Allen, conferred degrees upon the graduates. The event concluded with a toast to the nation’s newest health care workers led by Barry University Provost, Dr. John Murray.
Cardiovascular Perfusionists are vital specialists who work in operating rooms and critical care units with heart and lung machines and other mechanical support machines. The scope of their practice includes long-term support for respiratory and cardiac failure.
Barry University’s Nurse Anesthetists will also graduate early, on April 25th. These 59 critical health care professionals have skills to work in operating rooms and intensive care units, providing emergency intubations, managing ventilators, and stabilizing COVID-19 patients in respiratory distress.
University administration plans to hold in-person commencement ceremonies for all programs when the situation allows.
More Information on Cardiovascular Perfusion Program Graduation:
Date: Saturday, April 11
Time: 11am ET
Contact: Meredith Amor
Director of Communications