100 Years Celebration

Welcome to the 100 Year Anniversary Page

Here you will find Celebrations of Two Historical Events:
The opening of the St. Joseph's School of Nursing and The St. Joseph's School of Nursing Alumnae Association


On September 8, 1911, the growth of the hospital led the Sisters into the decision of opening a school for lay nurses. Thus St. Joseph’s School of Nursing began, attracting generations of young women, and eventually some men, who felt called to a demanding and rewarding career in the care of the sick. They were disciplined, hard-working, and self-sacrificing individuals who brought honour to their school and to St. Joseph’s Hospital." The first Graduation ceremony of lay nurses was held in 1915.

Nursing education continued on-site at St. Joseph's Hospital Hamilton until 1978. The class of 1978 was the last class to graduate from St. Joseph's Campus. Before 1978, the Ministry of Education had determined nursing education curriculum at the diploma level was to move from the hospital and regional schools of nursing curricular to a standardized program from the Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology, effective September 1, 1973. However, from 1973 through 1978 the standardized education was conducted at the individual school of nursing campuses. From 1978 to 2000 there was a consolidation of all area diploma Nursing sites at one location. This site was the Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology Health Science Education Centre in Hamilton.

July 1974 was the last Mother and Daughter Tea held at the St. Joseph's Campus.

2004 marks the discontinuation of the Mohawk College Diploma Registered Nursing Program.

To meet the Ministry deadline of all nursing entry to practice education to be at the university BScN level by 2005, a collaboration was established between McMaster University School of Nursing, and Mohawk and Conestoga Colleges to offer the McMaster BScN program. This arrangement between Universities and Colleges was developed across the province.

Celebrations for the various momentous occasions include the following events. To view pictures of these events, click on the BLUE lettering.

View 100 Years "1911-2011" of St. Joseph's School of Nursing

Marks the 100th Anniversary of the
St. Joseph's School of Nursing Alumnae Association

Executive members created the 100th Anniversary Book
The Celebrations Continued with an Alumnae Tea
Many attended the Tea Saturday, September 19, 2015

2015 Alumnae Memory Book
Alumnae Memory Book.pdf

2015 Reunion Mass
Reunion Mass.pdf

2015 100 Anniversary Reunion Day Luncheon
Reunion Day Luncheon.pdf

Saturday, September 19, 2015, Alumnae 100 Year Anniversary Tea
Alumnae 100 Year Anniversary Tea.pdf

2015 October Newsletter
2015 October Newsletter.pdf