Another date was etched in Palm Beach Atlantic’s history as the first ever Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Hooding took place in the DeSantis Family Chapel on Thursday, December 7, 2017. Nineteen graduates earned their hoods, a special part of academic regalia that denotes scholarly and professional achievements. The graduates will cross the commencement stage this Saturday.
“Commencement signifies a start,” said Dr. Elaine Kauschinger, the invited guest speaker. “To these graduates - keep on your journey, keep asking questions and add to the science of nursing.”
During the ceremony, Kauschinger, assistant professor in the School of Nursing at Duke University, announced the graduates’ research projects and stressed the importance in each. Courtney Autrey, from Clewiston, Florida, received the DNP Excellence Award for the outstanding poster presentation.
Courage, intellectual curiosity, commitment, desire to lead by example and amazing faithfulness were words and phrases President William M.B. Fleming, Jr. used to describe the DNP graduates.
“My heart races because, yes I know what you will accomplish, but it races even faster for the impact that you will have on individuals, on families, on communities and how you will bless the nation,” said President Fleming.
Provost and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Randy Richards gave the benediction at the closing of the ceremony.
The 2017 DNP graduates are as follows: Antonio Abreu, Kettia Alusma, Briana Andrassy, Courtney Autrey, Dona Browne, Christina Campbell, Maria Gill, Vigeline Jacques, Odalys Mena, Newah MoforTawo, Angela Monprevil, Sarah Polonka, Brianna Parker, Erin Rathjen, Lindsay Shutes, Darlyne Germain Syllion, D. Alex Thomas, Fontaine Timmer, Jeffrey Zellers.