The History of D’Youville’s School of Nursing Capping Ceremony

Capping Ceremony Display

Capping Ceremony Display

Capping Ceremony Photographs

Capping Ceremony Photographs

Nursing cap, cape and photograph

Nursing cap, cape and photograph

Capping Ceremony program

Capping Ceremony program

Nursing cap and pin

Nursing cap and pin

Nurse's cap and photographs

Nurse's cap and photographs

Capping Ceremony invitation

Capping Ceremony invitation

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The History of D’Youville’s School of Nursing Capping Ceremony is now open on the 3rd floor of the Montante Family Library through June 30, 2014. This exhibit contains photographs, invitations and programs from past Capping Ceremonies. The exhibit also contains several nurse’s caps used by student nurses, a DYC nursing pin, and a student nursing cape all from the 1950′s and in pristine condition.

The nursing major was first introduced at D’Youville in 1942. The nursing major remained a small program until the 1950s when it became its own school in the college. Capping Ceremonies were held during a nursing student’s junior year. The act of being capped represented the knowledge and skills that the student had obtained on their way to becoming a full-fledged nurse. The Capping Ceremony was held in the College Chapel and was a presided over by a priest. The Capping Ceremony was treated as an occasion similar to that of a graduation. Family and friends would attend the ceremony and give gifts and cards to the newly capped student. The last class of nursing students to be capped was in 1983. Capping was replaced by the Pinning Ceremony.  Reasons for this transition include the addition of male nursing students in the program and that nurses caps had become obsolete in the workplace and  were thus viewed as ‘relics of a bygone era’.

New Archives Brochure

Happy Valentines Day D’Youville! This year our gift to you is the new and improved archives brochure! I am sure that you’ve all been waiting excitedly for this moment…right? Well at least I’m excited! You can pick up a copy of the new brochure at one of the following locations: the reference desk, the circulation desk or here in the archives. Or if you prefer to go paperless you can download it here: Archives Brochure 2014

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Thank you veterans!

As you all know today is Veterans Day, which is the day that we honor past and present veterans that have served our country. What some of you may not know is that D’Youville has several notable veteran alumni.

Ann Wood-Kelly was a 1938 graduate of D’Youville where she was a very popular student and deemed a “born leader”. After she graduated she  was the first female student to be admitted into the  prestigious all-male Bowdoin College flying school in Maine. Shortly after she graduated from Bowdoin the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and the United States entered WWII. Ann was recruited to join the British Air Transport Auxiliary. Her duty was to transport planes from the manufacturers to the British air bases, because the male pilots needed to be free for air combat. Later in the war she would also fly supply flights to help feed and care for the allied forces. Over the course of her career with the British Air Transport Auxiliary she flew over 58 hours and delivered over 30 aircrafts. Here, at the D’Youville archives, we have over 100 hundred letters she wrote during the war. Many of them describe what it was like being one of the few women who were allowed to fly during the war.

Another notable veteran alumni is Captain Eleanor Grace Alexander, class of 1961. Eleanor received her nursing degree at D’youville and worked as a surgical nurse for several years before she enlisted in the Army Nurse Corps in 1967. Eleanor began her tour in Vietnam where she knew they needed nurses to aid in the war effort. On December 4th, 1967 Eleanor died when the transport plane carrying her and two dozen other passengers crashed into the mountains as it attempted to land. She is one of seven female military casualties in the Vietnam War. Eleanor is now honored on the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. At D’Youville there is a scholarship in her name that was created to aid other nursing students.

 

1959 Rules of Decorum

Things were very different at D’Youville College 50 years ago. Check out the “Rules of Decorum” found in the Orientation Program for the incoming freshman class in 1959… My personal favorite is rule #6: “Stockings are to be worn at D’YC at all times.”

Student Activities Finding Aid

After many weeks of arranging, processing and coding, the Student Activities Finding Aid is here! You can use this aid to search our Student Activities collection, which dates back as far as 1913. This collection is very special because it documents student life at D’Youville over the past 100 years. It contains a multitude of media including; photographs, dance cards, newspaper clippings, meeting minutes and even a original nursing cape, pin and cap.

Take a look at the finding aid and feel free to stop by the archives to look at what this collection has to offer!

Student Activities Finding Aid
Collection ID: DYCARC 10.1
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