The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis lauded the accomplishments of 137 master’s-degree students and six doctoral candidates at its 2019 commencement. Though this is the eighth graduation celebration for the school, the June 13 event at the Mondavi Center for Performing Arts marked the inaugural commencement.
“Today, the number of alumni grows to more than 500, as the graduates here on this stage mark a milestone in their personal transformation and professional trajectories,” said Debbie Ward, interim dean. “Today I remind you, diversity advances our work and inclusion ensures our success; collaboration takes commitment and teamwork furthers our goal.”
David Lubarsky, chief executive officer of UC Davis Health and vice chancellor for Human Health Sciences, served as marshal for the event. UC Davis Chancellor Gary S. May gave the keynote.
“I see much more than an ocean of caps and gowns. I see more than the next generation that’s going to impact the world with their expertise,” May said. “What I see are heroes who are ready to take on the world. You give us faith that a better tomorrow is possible. Go be great!”
Nursing faculty recognized five students with awards of excellence highlighting the school’s five core attributes:
- Excellence in Leadership Development: Addie Newby
- Excellence in Interprofessional Education: Ann Tadas
- Excellence in Transformative Research: Jason Kao
- Excellence in Cultural Inclusiveness: Misara Bambao
- Excellence in Innovative Technology: Victoria Ngo
School of Nursing students and faculty also submitted nominations for the Dean’s Leadership Awards, which honor staff and faculty in three areas: Diversity and Inclusion, Teaching and Research. Those recognized include:
- Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion: Matthew St.Amant and Kate Turpin
- Excellence in Teaching: Cara Sandholdt
- Excellence in Research: Jill G. Joseph
The Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Degree Programs, which include master’s degrees in leadership, family nurse practitioner, physician assistant studies and entry-level nursing, as well as a doctoral program, are led by an interprofessional team of more than 55 faculty from across UC Davis. View the program from the celebration. Learn more at nursing.ucdavis.edu.