VCU School of Nursing recognizes 179 new graduates

May 18, 2016

Events, Students

The VCU School of Nursing recognized 179 graduates Friday, May 13 during the Spring 2016 Recognition Ceremony held at the Siegel Center. VCU’s Spring Commencement Exercises were held Saturday, May 14 at the Richmond Coliseum.

A highlight of the recognition ceremony was the presentation of a $2,296 check from the traditional B.S. class of 2016. The funds will go toward a scholarship for a senior in the traditional class of 2017.

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

Tara Francis – 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.

Allyson Bess – 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 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.

Jessica Watts – Mayme B. Wilson Lacey Award
The Chapters of the St. Philip Alumni Association present the Mayme B. Wilson Lacey 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.

Monica Doreste – 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.

Leigh Anne Matzke– Betsy Bampton RN Award
This award is presented to a graduating RN-B.S. student who demonstrates excellence within the School of Nursing in clinical expertise, leadership and personal qualities. 

Shannon Storey – 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.

View a photo album from the ceremony on the school’s Facebook page.

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