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Deputy Surgeon General Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams, PhD, RN, FAAN, to Speak at 2018 Penn Nursing Commencement

The School of Nursing graduation ceremony will be on Sunday, May 13, 2018, at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts beginning at 3:00 PM.

As Deputy Surgeon General, Rear Admiral (RADM) Sylvia Trent-Adams advises and supports the Surgeon General regarding operations of the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps and in communicating the best available scientific information to advance the health of the nation. She served as the Acting Surgeon General from April 2017 through September 2017 and as Chief Nurse Officer of the USPHS from November 2013 through May 2016. 

RADM Trent-Adams has held various positions in HHS, working to improve access to care for poor and underserved communities. As a clinician and administrator, she has had a direct impact on building systems of care to improve public health for marginalized populations domestically and internationally. 

Prior to joining the USPHS, RADM Trent-Adams was a nurse officer in the U.S. Army. RADM Trent-Adams received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Hampton University, a Master of Science in Nursing and Health Policy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She became a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2014.