First Class Graduates from MSN Program

by Mark D. Weinstein, Executive Director of Public Relations

For the first time in Cedarville University history, the school of nursing has graduates from its Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) program. Ten students participated in the prestigious hooding ceremony on August 24.

Chu-Yu Huang, Ph.D., assistant dean of the school of nursing and director of graduate nursing programs, presided over the festivities. She was joined on the platform by Thomas White, Ph.D., president of the University, and Leslie Van Dover, professor of graduate programs at Azusa Pacific University. White welcomed guests and honored the graduates while Van Dover charged the graduates with a brief presentation. Jan Conway, Ph.D., inaugural dean of the school of nursing, was also recognized for her 31 years of service to the University. She officially retired at the conclusion of the 2012-13 academic year.

Amanda N. Minor was awarded the “outstanding graduate student” from the cohort, and Mark Pinkerton, M.D., was presented an award for his work with the program.

Earning their degrees and graduate hoods were Lisa E. Linder, Nathan J. Linder, Xiaoying Ma, Katherine A. Marshall, Minor, Abby J. Pippin, Maya Shrestha, Melissa A. Towler, Lindsay S. Tucholski and Deborah A. Turner-Johnson.

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