Welcome to the Upstate Nursing Alumni Association! 

We serve over 3,000 alumni living and working coast-to-coast across the US 

       Brand new College of Nursing alumni - new graduates at the 2022 CON commencement 

Our Mission: To enhance educational excellence for Upstate's nursing students, support the professional development of alumni, students and faculty in order to positively influence the health of our community. We accomplish this by supporting scholarships, continuing education events/clinical skills workshops, student professional enrichment, and other needs of the College of Nursing and our alumni. 

Scholarships: The Alumni Association is an important source of funding for student scholarships, which are only possible through the loyal and generous support of alumni across the decades. In the years since its first scholarship in 1995, the association has awarded more than 500 scholarships to Upstate's Nursing students. The application process opens annually in the spring. 


Thank you for considering a gift to the College of Nursing Annual Fund.  Your gift will make a difference for the College and our students through scholarships, faculty enrichment, equipment, and other needs.                                     

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See our Alumni in the News!

Upstate College of Nursing alumni make news every day, winning awards, improving their communities and changing the world for the better. Here, we present some of the highlights from our alumni in the news.

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Memorial Mass set for June for Janice Nelson, founding dean of Upstate College of Nursing

A memorial mass for M. Janice Nelson, EdD, founding dean of the Upstate Medical University College of Nursing, will be held on Saturday, June 18 at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Parish at 400 Salt Springs Street in Fayetteville, NY. The service will also be livestreamed at icfayetteville.org/funerals and will be available for a time after for those unable to attend.

Janice Nelson died at the age of 93 on January 1, 2022, in Syracuse. She is remembered as a gracious soul, a fierce advocate for nursing education and an ardent philanthropist. To read the complete obituary, click here.

 At her request, contributions may be made to nursing scholarships at Upstate in her name. Simply designate the Dean M. Janice Nelson Nursing Scholarship Endowment when making a gift. Donations may also be made by phone at 315-464-4416 or by mail to the Upstate Foundation, Dean M. Janice Nelson Nursing Scholarship Endowment, 750 E. Adams St., CAB 326, Syracuse, NY 13210.


                           Nicholas Netti

Alumnus and member of the Nursing Alumni Board of Directors Nicholas Netti, BS ’18 addresses the graduates of the College of Nursing, Class of 2022 at Commencement held on May 1, 2022 at the Upstate Medical University Arena at The Oncenter War Memorial, Syracuse, NY. The College of Nursing awarded 110 degrees and certificates: 29 bachelor of science, 76 master of science degrees and five post-master certificates.