Lauren Malloy, 2022 nursing, valedictorianLauren Malloy will deliver the Valedictorian Message at the College’s 2022 Commencement Exercises on May 14.

Lauren is a commuter student from New Gloucester, Maine, and attended Gray-New Gloucester High School, graduating in the top ten percent for the class of 2018. This spring, Lauren will be graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. She chose to pursue nursing as a career due to her interest in science and her ability to care for others.

Before attending nursing school, Lauren spent her time dancing ballet through Portland Ballet’s Pre-Professional Division, formerly known as the CORPS program. During her time dancing, she attended prestigious summer intensive programs through the School of American Ballet and Miami City Ballet School on scholarship. At the age of sixteen, she was invited to attend Miami City Ballet School’s Pre-Professional Division. During her senior year of high school, Lauren hung up her pointe shoes and became a member of her high school’s varsity cheerleading team.

Lauren has been on the Dean’s List every semester while at Saint Joseph’s College. Throughout her time in college, she has been involved in the Student Nurses Association and has been a member of the college’s Dance Team. During her junior year, she was inducted into the Kappa Zeta at-Large chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. She has also been a peer tutor for the Maternal Child Nursing and Nursing Care of Children courses through the Academic Center of Excellence throughout her senior year. Outside of school, Lauren has spent her time working as a certified nursing assistant at Maine Medical Center on a general medical unit.

This semester, Lauren was honored to complete her senior nursing internship at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center. After she graduates and passes the nursing licensure exam, she hopes to work as a registered nurse in either pediatrics or obstetrics. Lauren plans to return to school in the future to further her education in nursing with the goal of becoming either a nurse practitioner or a certified nurse-midwife.