Nursing Graduation Breakfast celebrates past and propels future

Opportunities abound for master’s and doctoral graduates

By Sandra Gray

UMass Medical School Communications

May 31, 2013

The annual Graduate School of Nursing Alumni Association Graduation Breakfast was a reunion and a sendoff at which former students wished their successors well as they become newly minted advanced practice nurses, educators and leaders. The breakfast took place in the Albert Sherman Center on Friday, May 31, ahead of UMass Worcester’s 40th Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, June 2.

A tribute to dean emeritus Lillian Goodman, EdD, in honor of her 90th birthday was followed by award presentations and announcement of the 2013 graduates. New this year in a growing list of scholarships for exceptional students is the Suzanne T. Sullivan Scholarship, donated by her family in honor of the late GSN alum whose legacy is her passion for providing compassionate, home-based care at the end of life.

GSN Dean Paulette Seymour Route, PhD and Jill Terrien, PhD, assistant professor and director of nurse practitioner specialties, told graduates that opportunities abound as they start their careers.

“Our graduates will have many opportunities,” said Dr. Seymour Route. “We wish them well!”

In addition to the following student awards, five preceptors were recognized with GSN Community Faculty Awards and one with the UMMMC Outstanding Preceptor in Critical Care Award.

Chancellor’s Award : 
Kristin Eineberg, RN

Lillian R. Goodman Award: 
Susan Natale, MS, RN

DNP Scholarship
Kristen Hennessey, RN

Mary K. Alexander Academic Achievement & Leadership Award
Amanda Clancey, RN

Academic Achievement & Leadership Award
Nicole Peace, RN

Mary Kinnear Raymond Award: 
Ryan Gilbert, RN

Lucie D. Russell Briefcase Award: 
Beth Harden, RN

2013 Outstanding Nurse Practitioner Student in Critical Care Award
Alison Spar, RN

Diana L. Bergin Scholarship: 
Molly Rivest, RN

Suzanne T. Sullivan Scholarship
Joan O’Connor, RN

GSN Community Service Award
Michael Spiros, RN, and Sarah Lee, RN