Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing celebrates 128 graduates
The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis lauded the accomplishments of 124 master’s-degree students and four doctoral candidates at its 2023 commencement on June 15. The event was held at the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts on the UC Davis campus.
Cavanagh honored the memory and legacy of Gordon Moore, the co-founder of the School of Nursing, who passed away in March at the age of 94.
“Just as Gordon Moore was driven by an exceptional curiosity, generosity and unassuming commitment to hard work…so are we at the School of Nursing…committed to going beyond in simulation training, recruiting and supporting students from disadvantaged backgrounds and cementing our leadership role in the health care of the Sacramento region and beyond,” Cavanagh said.
We at the School of Nursing…committed to going beyond in simulation training, recruiting and supporting students from disadvantaged backgrounds and cementing our leadership role in the health care of the Sacramento region and beyond.
These graduates are from four degree programs. They are future registered nurses, physician assistants, family nurse practitioners, and nursing scientists and researchers.
Croughan told them to “be very proud that you are earning a degree from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing! You have chosen a school committed to the highest quality of health care and to achieving true equity for the betterment of all members of society.”
Selu Vargas, a 2020 graduate of the school’s Master of Health Services — Physician Assistant Degree Program gave the keynote. She shared advice for times when self-doubt might bring about struggle.
“I would ask that you take a moment to remind yourself, foremost, of your tenacity and determination. Then explore introspectively what’s going to keep that flame ignited inside of you,” said Vargas, who provides care for unaccompanied immigrant minors and those seeking asylum in El Paso, Texas. “Take it from me and trust that you will do amazing things.”
Nursing faculty recognized five students with awards of excellence highlighting the school’s five core attributes:
- Excellence in Leadership: Ashlyn Oller, Master’s Entry Program in Nursing
- Excellence Collaboration: Victoria Le, family nurse practitioner program
- Excellence Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Felix Howard, family nurse practitioner program
- Excellence in Community Connection: Aliyah Bell, physician assistant program
- Excellence in Innovative Solutions: Monica Godden, Doctor of Philosophy program
The programs offered under the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Group include master’s degrees in physician assistant studies and entry-level nursing, as well as a Doctor of Philosophy and a new Doctor of Nursing Practice — Family Nurse Practitioner program. They are led by an interprofessional team of more than 60 faculty from across UC Davis. View the program from the celebration.