Centennial party celebrates nursing excellence at UCSF

The UCSF School of Nursing will host a Centennial Kickoff party on Wednesday, September 13 to launch a year-long celebration of 100 years of nursing excellence at UCSF. 

The University of California’s first nursing education program began in 1907 when the first UC Hospital - the precursor to today’s UCSF Medical Center - opened a year after the 1906 earthquake. UCSF was among the first in the nation to offer bachelor and doctoral degrees for nurses. In 1939, it was the first public university to establish an autonomous School of Nursing. Now the UCSF School of Nursing ranks at the top for National Institutes of Health research funding. It has achieved international renown for research that improves nursing practice and public health and for educating generations of nursing and health leaders.

Host Kathleen Dracup, Dean, UCSF School of Nursing
J. Michael Bishop, UCSF Chancellor
Mark Laret, CEO, UCSF Medical Center

Students, alumni, faculty, staff, neighbors and friends of             nursing at UCSF.  Hundreds are
expected to attend.

WHAT: A 1906-style brass band will salute as a giant 3-story centennial banner unfurls down the front of
the School of Nursing building.

WHEN: Wednesday, September 13, 2006
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Saunders Court, 513 Parnassus Avenue
UCSF Campus

CONTACT:To cover this event, arrange interviews or obtain photos,  contact Janet Basu at 415-476-2557 or [email protected]

For updates throughout the year about UCSF Nursing Centennial events, go to

UCSF is a leading university that consistently defines health care worldwide by conducting advanced biomedical research, educating graduate students in the health professions and life sciences, and providing complex patient care.