More than 530 guests gathered February 23 to celebrate the College of Nursing’s 135th Anniversary at the sell-out gala event. The MUSC Alumni Association hosted the evening at the South Carolina Aquarium, where guests enjoyed music, savory food stations, intriguing sea creatures, and a dive show in the aquarium’s great ocean tank. 
The evening began with the presentation of the 2018 Alumni Awards to four individuals whose outstanding professional accomplishments and volunteer services have contributed to the success and reputation of the MUSC College of Nursing. College of Nursing graduates, Maj. Gen. Dorothy Hogg (‘97), Michelle Mollica, PhD (‘14), and Mary Watcher Swain (‘80), along with nursing advocate, David Garr, MD, were honored for their support and dedication to the nursing profession.
The College of Nursing also celebrated the 135th anniversary of the 1883 founding of the Training School for Nurses that evolved over the years into the nursing school it is today and one of the oldest nursing schools in the nation. 
Since Dean Gail Stuart will be retiring in June, the evening also served as a tribute to her 33 years of service and leadership to MUSC. 
Mrs. Ann Edwards, a loyal supporter of the college gave a toast to Dean Stuart. “It’s not easy to navigate the waters of change, but Dean Stuart has done that for the last 16 years,” she said. “She is a visionary and a trailblazer at the helm.”
Dean Stuart’s retirement has led the college to establish the Gail W. Stuart Scholarship. This merit-based scholarship will help open the doors to the college and nursing profession to the most deserving students. 
The evening would not have been possible without the evening’s generous sponsors. Many thanks to MUSC Health, MUSC Physicians, Lou Hammond Group, Bishop Gadsden Episcopal Retirement Community, Arnold Nemirow, Mary Watcher Swain and Rosenblum Coe Architects, Inc. for making the night one to remember.