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The VCU School of Nursing recognized 167 graduates Friday, May 12 during the Spring 2017 Recognition Ceremony held at the Siegel Center. VCU’s Spring Commencement Exercises were held Saturday, May 13 at the Richmond Coliseum.

A highlight of the recognition ceremony was the presentation of a $1,016 check from the Traditional B.S. class of 2017. The funds will go toward a scholarship for a senior in the Traditional B.S. class of 2018.

Another highlight was the presentation of awards to the following degree candidates:

Indira Miller – Yingling Senior Achievement Award
Gifts to the institution to honor Doris B. Yingling have been used to establish an award to a senior student. Recognition is based on outstanding leadership ability, potential for professional growth, evidence of support for the School of Nursing, and evidence of concern for community affairs.

Bethany Eckerd – Mabel Montgomery Award
This award was established with funds given by faculty and students in recognition of the retirement of Miss Mabel E. Montgomery, treasurer, State Board of Nursing Examiners from 1948-71. The award is intended to recognize excellence in clinical nursing as evidenced by independent and rational judgment, a high level of interpersonal and technical skills, a high level nursing knowledge, impetus for positive change and professional responsibility.

Christina Struzzieri – Mayme B. Wilson Lacy Award
The Chapters of the St. Philip Alumni Association present the Mayme B. Wilson Lacy Award to a graduating nursing student, irrespective of race, color, creed, sex or national origin, who is highly committed to nursing as a profession, demonstrates the ability to consistently give good nursing care to all patients, works well with the health care team, and shows promise of supporting professional organizations.

Aprille Singson – Marguerite Nicholson Award
This award recognizes Marguerite Nicholson, a 1934 graduate, for her many contributions to the School and to nursing in Virginia. Made possible by funds raised by the Nursing School Alumni, the award is presented to a senior student for humanitarian qualities of unselfishness, helpfulness to others, consideration, humility and loyalty to the School of Nursing.

Jara Chambers – Betsy Bampton RN Award
Dr. Betsy Bampton served admirably in many roles during her long tenure with the School of Nursing. There is no role she enjoyed more than advising and teaching RN to B.S. students. This award is presented to a graduating RN to B.S. student who demonstrates excellence within the School of Nursing in clinical expertise, leadership, and personal qualities.

Victoria Tedeschi – Temple Memorial Award
Initiated in 1977, this award honors the memory of Dr. T. Edward Temple, second president, VCU, and Mrs. Temple. This award is given to a graduating student in the master’s program. The person selected to receive the award possesses characteristics that demonstrate exemplary performance in the advocacy role for the consumer of health care services and for the profession of nursing.

Kimberley Austin – Martha M. Borlick Research Award
Initiated in 1980, the Dr. Martha M. Borlick Research Award is presented at the School of Nursing Recognition Ceremony to Ph.D. student(s) in nursing who demonstrate(s) excellence in nursing research as evidenced in the research culminating products.

Click here to view the full list of Spring 2017 graduates. View a photo album from the ceremony on the school’s Facebook page.

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