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Welcome to Our Newest Alumni

Another class can now be counted among the ranks of Penn Nursing Alumni. On May 15, 2017, the graduating class, faculty, staff, and administrators gathered at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts to celebrate our School’s annual commencement.

By the Numbers

The years of dedicated studying, clinical rotations, research, papers and exams culminated in a two-hour ceremony celebrating the 562 graduating Penn Nursing students. That number includes all the students who will have received degrees this academic year, including December 2016, May and August 2017 graduates. The breakdown of the 2017 graduating class is as follows:

  • 22 of PhDs
  • 344 Graduate Students
  • 196 Undergraduate Students

Alumna Addresses Graduates

Dean Antonia Villarruel introduced Patricia Flatley Brennan, PHD, RN, Director of the National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library, as the keynote speaker for the event. Brennan received her Master of Science in Nursing from Penn. She is a pioneer and global expert in the development of information systems for patients. She developed ComputerLink, an electronic network designed to reduce isolation and improve self-care among home care patients. Brennan directed HeartCare, a web-based information and communication service that helps home-dwelling cardiac patients recover faster, and with fewer symptoms; and Project HealthDesign, an initiative designed to stimulate the next generation of personal health records. She also led the Living Environments Laboratory at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, which develops new ways for effective visualization of high dimensional data.

Student Awards

Several students in the Class of 2017 received awards for their leadership ability, creativity, academic and research excellence. A full list is below:

Elizabeth Novack

The Ann Wolbert Burgess Endowed Student Award is awarded to a graduat­ing PhD student for demonstrating excellence and leadership in nursing, as evidenced by a completed doctoral dissertation that holds significant promise as a contribution to nursing knowledge.

Crystal Lu

The Dean’s Award is awarded to a graduating PhD, masters or undergraduate student who epitomizes the philosophy of the School of Nursing

Marcus Henderson

The Claire M. Fagin Award is awarded to a graduating PhD, masters, or un­dergraduate student who has demonstrated a high level of leadership and creativity at the School of Nursing or within the larger Penn community.

 

Justine Sefcik

The Marion R. Gregory Award is awarded to the PhD student whose complet­ed dissertation promises significant contribution to nursing knowledge.

Anna Wilcoxon

The Norma M. Lang Award is awarded to an undergraduate or masters stu­dent who has demonstrated excellence in academic and scholarly practice.

Mari-Carmen Farmer

The Theresa I. Lynch Award is awarded to a graduating PhD, masters or un­dergraduate student for consistent contributions to the advancement of the School of Nursing.

 

Hannah Victor

The Jeanne Frances Hopkins Award is awarded to a nursing undergraduate or graduate student who has achieved academic excellence while embarking on a uniquely Penn curricular opportunity.

 

Darina Petrovsky

The Wealtha McGurn Research Award is awarded to a graduating masters or doctoral student who demonstrates excellence in research with a particular focus on pediatric primary care or adult health.

Naixue Cui

The Dorothy Mereness Award is awarded to a graduating PhD, masters, or undergraduate student for excellence in scholarly writing.

Xiaopeng Ji

The Dorothy Mereness Award is awarded to a graduating PhD, masters, or undergraduate student for excellence in scholarly writing.

Jacqueline Nikpour

The Mary D. Naylor Undergraduate Research Award is awarded to a nursing undergraduate student who demonstrates contributions to advancing nursing knowledge through research.

Elliane Irani

The Teaching Assistant Award is awarded to a teaching assistant who demon­strates cognitive, professional, and interpersonal competencies.

Kelsey Hanlon

The Henry O. Thompson Prize in Ethics is awarded to a graduating masters or doctoral student for distinction on ethical thinking and action.

Winona Poulton

The Joyce E. Thompson Award in Women’s Health is awarded to the masters student who demonstrates leadership and excellence in maternal and child health.

Ian Jeong

The Rosalyn J. Watts Diversity Scholar Leadership Award is awarded to the undergraduate student whose outstanding qualities of scholarship and leadership exemplify a commitment to the Penn SON Office of Diversity and Cultural Affairs by serving as a role model to promote meaningful interaction among diverse groups.

Jessica Geminder

The Ralston Center Award for Gerontology Nursing Excellence is awarded to an outstanding masters nursing student specializing in geriatric nurs­ing.

Clare Whitney

The Sigma Theta Tau BSN Student Leadership Award recognizes a BSN student who demonstrates a capacity for innovation, professionalism, and leadership among his or her peers and in the community.

Christian B. Mikesell

The Sigma Theta Tau MSN Student Leadership Award recognizes an MSN student who demonstrates a capacity for innovation, professionalism, and leadership among his or her peers and in the community.