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Julie Cronin, DNP, ’07, ’12G named Salem State University Alumni Association’s 2021 Rising Star Award Recipient

Julie Cronin, DNP, ’07, ’12G of Burlington, has been named the 2021 recipient of the Salem State University Alumni Association’s Rising Star Award for her outstanding professional achievements in the field of nursing. Cronin is currently a nurse director at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Cronin graduated from Salem State University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, later returning to earn her Master of Science degree in the same field in 2012. In 2016, she completed a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Northeastern University.

“I’m truly so honored to be chosen as this year’s recipient. Throughout my entire career, I’ve had the pleasure of being a bedside nurse and nurse educator. Now, with our work at the Foundation for Nursing Advancement, we are providing scholarships and grants for supporting research, education and innovation,” said Cronin.

According to Michael Mitchell ’07, assistant director for alumni relations at Salem State, “Julie is a shining example of the quality of education and preparation a nursing student receives at Salem State. Through her professional, volunteer and philanthropic work, she has shown time and again the critical role nurses play in our day-to-day life. We are so proud to be able to call Julie a Salem State Viking.”

Established in 2013 by the Salem State University Alumni Association, the Rising Star Award recognizes alumni who have received their degree within the last 15 years and are already making significant contributions to greater society through professional and philanthropic work. To learn more about the Alumni Association or to nominate a graduate for an award, please visit

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