The 2013 Samuel Merritt University Commencement took place on May 24 at The Paramount Theatre in Oakland. A 9:30 am ceremony was held for Doctor of Physical Therapy, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine and Doctor of Nursing Practice program graduates. A 1:30 pm ceremony was held for graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN and ABSN programs), Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Occupational Therapy, and Master Physician Assistant programs.
David Vlahov, RN, PhD, Dean and Professor, UCSF School of Nursing, gave the 2013 Commencement address. Dr. Vlahov has served as Dean of the USCF School of Nursing since April 2011. His academic interests include population health research, community-based participatory research, infectious disease epidemiology, substance abuse, and mental health research.
Congratulations to the recipients of the following awards:
Outstanding Student Award
Morgan Yosako Inouye - Master of Occupational Therapy
Allison Jean De Young - Master Physician Assistant
Cheryl A. Merwin - Master of Science in Nursing, Case Management
Ronald Kai Man Wu - Mater of Science in Nursing, Case Management
Outstanding Nursing Practice Award
Martha J. Giggleman
This award is presented to the nursing practice student whose participation in the program is most consistent with the leadership, service and academic expectations of the practice doctorate.
Outstanding Physical Therapist Student Award
Chelsea Morris Anjeski
This award is given to a graduating physical therapy student who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in at least two of the three following areas: scholarship, clinical practice, and service. This award is meant to exemplify the highest level of achievement and potential in relation to the mission and values of the Department of Physical Therapy.
Podiatric Medicine Scepter Award
Phillip Andrew Shaw
The Scepter Award was established by the former California College of Podiatric Medicine Board of Trustees and the CSPM Alumni & Associates to symbolize their commitment to academic excellence. Each year the graduating students and the faculty have an opportunity to recognize a member of the senior class who exemplifies the scholarly and humanitarian qualities of podiatric medicine. The Scepter is symbolic of the attributes of mind and heart that characterize the true podiatric physician.