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School of Nursing Convocation Ceremony celebrates graduates; honors excellence in teaching and student achievement


Date: June 18, 2013
Media Contact: Ashley Wiggin,, 206-221-2456

The School of Nursing held its annual graduation on June 14th at Meany Hall, celebrating nearly 200 graduates in baccalaureate and graduate programs. The program included music by Seattle Chamber Brass, and comments by Interim Dean Pamela Mitchell. The ceremony also celebrated faculty and student award winners, who are noted below. Check out photos from the ceremony on our Facebook page.  Congratulations to the class of 2013!

The Excellence in Teaching Awards:

Vicky Hertig, BNHS--Rheba de Tornyay Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award

June Strickland, PCH--Sandra Eyres Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award

Ardith Doorenbos, BNHS-- Excellence in Promoting Diversity through Teaching Award

Barbara Plovie, FCN--Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award

Other nominees for these awards include Virginia Turner, Jayne Kauzloric, Susan Landis, Dianne Wisner, Tamara Cyhan, Amy Walker, Mary Ann Draye, Jennifer Sonney and Janet Lenart.

The selection was made by a committee of undergraduate and graduate student representatives: Alina Palanchuk - BSN, Stacey Smith - ABSN, Kristen Hosey - DNP, Emily Hilderman – DNP, and Jong-Ni Lin - PhD.  The decision was based on the nature of the supportive comments and the number of nominations for an individual faculty member.

Outstanding Student Awards:

Marianne Rose Unite-- BSN Achievement Award

Michelle Hufstetler-- Master of Nursing Outstanding Student Award

Angie Mendoza-- Master of Science Outstanding Student Award

Peter Petrukitas-- DNP Outstanding Student Award

Susan Johnson--PhD Dissertation Award


The University of Washington School of Nursing is consistently a top-rated nursing school, according to U.S. News & World Report. Ranked No. 2 in research funding from the National Institutes of Health in 2011, the UW School of Nursing is a national and international leader in improving the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities. The school addresses society’s most pressing challenges in health care through innovative teaching, award winning research and community service. For more information, visit