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Nursing program graduates inaugural master’s degree class at UC Davis

Monday August 27, 2012
2012 graduate Keran Raju, middle, celebrates as the inaugural graduating class is introduced.
2012 graduate Keran Raju, middle, celebrates as the inaugural graduating class is introduced.
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Heather M. Young, RN
The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis recognized its first master’s degree graduates in Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership at the Office of Graduate Studies commencement ceremony on June 14.

Before the graduation of more than 600 graduates from 90 graduate degree programs, a schoolwide celebration honored the 25 inaugural nursing graduates and recognized the school’s founding visionaries.

"Today’s commencement activities represent the beginning of the exponential impact on health you will make as the ripples from our school multiply," Heather M. Young, RN, PhD, FAAN, associate vice chancellor for nursing at UC Davis and founding dean of the school of nursing, said in a news release. "You can now take your professional work to the next level as you start to influence the ripple that follows you — your colleagues, the people and programs you lead, the students you will teach."

The Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership graduate degree programs are led by an interprofessional and interdisciplinary team of 42 UC Davis faculty, including nursing, medicine, health informatics, public health, nutrition and statistics. The program prepares nurses for healthcare leadership roles and to become nurse faculty at community colleges and universities.

Doctoral student Frances Patmon discussed the school’s founding visionaries. Former Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation leaders Ed Penhoet and Helen Kim, along with current and former UC Davis leaders Claire Pomeroy and Ann Bonham, spoke of the collaboration that led to the school’s launch.

"You are the first graduating class of this school. There will never be another first graduating class. You are it," Penhoet said in the release. "The trail that you have blazed for the students who will come behind you is an enormous contribution to the school."

The graduates gave nearly $5,000 to support a lecture series fund. The gift comes two years after an initial donation from the inaugural doctoral class. The two classes raised nearly $50,000 to support an endowed scholarship fund.

For photos and videos, visit http://Nursing.UCDavis.edu.

AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE

Five students were recognized by nursing faculty with awards of excellence highlighting the school’s five core attributes:

• Excellence in Leadership Development: Charles Johnston

• Excellence in Interprofessional Education: Ren Bee

• Excellence in Transformative Research: Jody Johnson

• Excellence in Cultural Inclusiveness: Linda Luna

• Excellence in Innovative Technology: Jennifer Mattice