Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – The Crouse College of Nursing will be holding a Homecoming weekend for its many graduates like many colleges do.
But the event at Crouse is unique in that it is the first in the school’s 100-year history.
The school’s sole goal has united students throughout its century-long existence – educating nurses and helping people.
"The sense of belonging and affiliation to the college is very strong because of that single purpose,” said Crouse College of Nursing Director Pat Zawko.
"Having so many people return and participate in our luncheon and see so many different classes that haven't been together be together again,” said Julie Johnson, class of 1961.
“We have a graduate coming who graduated in 1940, that’s pretty impressive to come home and celebrate and to reconnect,” said Pat Zawko. “We have people flying in, coming from all over.”
The building that houses the college now, the Marley Education Center at the corner of Irving and Waverly, is a pretty familiar part of the streetscape on the hill, but it’s the same location where five houses used to sit where the nurses in training used to live.
"We all had to get together and learn to get along, it was not like now, it wasn't a dormitory type situation,” said Jean Young, class of 1961.
Julie and Jean are best friends. They met at Crouse and graduated from the school.
It’s different now than it was then, whether it’s the facility and all the equipment used now, or a change in the school's rules since they were students, but each class is connected through the small college.
"To me, Crouse Hospital has always been part of my home throughout the 60 years that I've been involved with the school and the college of nursing,” Johnson said.
"Crouse has always been part of my home, very important part of my life,” Young said.
They say there’s no better way to celebrate 100 years of the college than to bring people home to do it together.