School confers 113 degrees in May ceremony, recognizes 99 upcoming July graduates

May 20, 2013

Columbia, Mo. — The University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing (MU SSON) celebrated commencement exercises Friday, May 17, 2013. The school awarded 113 degrees and graduated its first class of doctor of nursing practice students.

Fifty-eight graduates received a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN), another 99 students participated in the ceremony and will complete courses for their BSN degrees in July. Graduate-level graduates included 39 master of science degrees, 8 doctor of nursing practice degrees, 2 doctor of philosophy degrees and 6 post-master certificates. May and July graduates.

Dean Judith Fitzgerald Miller presided over the ceremony and gave the main address. Student addresses were given by Jessica Loos, BSN candidate; Liz Demse, accelerated BSN candidate; and Julie Miller, MS(N) candidate. Each graduate received a rose from the Nursing Alumni Organization.

Special faculty and student awards were given during the ceremony:

  • Nursing Student Council Outstanding Clinical Teaching Faculty Award
    • Denice Mendenhall
  • Nursing Student Council Outstanding Classroom Teaching Faculty Award
    • Pam Evans-Smith
  • Nursing Student Council Outstanding Student Award
    • Jessica Loos, May graduate
    • Sarah Tannehill, July graduate
  • Janet ‘Joy’ Thompson Undergraduate Student Award
    • Lindsey Gray
  • Geriatric Excellence Undergraduate Student Award
    • Jennifer Morris

MU Sinclair School of Nursing graduation pictures are available on the school’s Flickr page.

The Sigma Theta Tau Alpha Iota chapter inducted new members prior to the graduation ceremony May 17. Pictures from the Sigma Theta Tau induction pictures are available on the school’s Flickr page.