Touro University Nevada Honors Newest Graduates at Winter Commencement

Touro University Nevada welcomed its newest alumni during Winter Commencement on Nov. 5.

“It is an honor and a privilege to recognize the newest graduates of Touro University Nevada,” said Shelley Berkley, CEO and Senior Provost of Touro University Western Division. “Not only have you faced some of the most intense and difficult academic challenges imaginable, you have also accepted the responsibilities that come with serving your fellow man and your community.”

Touro 2017 Winter Commencement

Students from the School of Physician Assistant Studies (PA), as well as those from the School of Nursing’s Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, Doctor of Nursing Practice program (DNP), the School of Education and the Camp Administration program walked across the stage in front of their friends and families to celebrate their journeys.

Robert Wimmer, a graduating student from the PA program, gave a few words of encouragement to his fellow graduates during the commencement’s opening remarks.

“Throughout our time at Touro, we’ve acquired incredible amounts of knowledge, and as we know…knowledge is power,” he said. “I can tell you right now how much I appreciate being able to work in health care. I learned early in my clinicals that showing patience, interest and enthusiasm to our patients is what matters the most.”

Students from the School of Education were awarded with their Master’s degrees from Dr. Robert Askey, Director of the School of Education. More than 300 teachers from the Clark County School District (CCSD) have graduated from Touro since the program began.

Prior to commencement, graduating students from Touro’s final BSN class received their pins during the annual pinning ceremony, a nursing tradition that dates back to the days of Florence Nightingale in the mid-19th century.

“As nurses, we are expected to go above and beyond for our patients,” said Dr. Theresa Tarrant, Director of the School of Nursing. “There are going to be days when you don’t want to go to work, but remember that on those days when work might feel like an inconvenience for you, it could feel like the worst day for some of your patients. Think about how your service will make a difference.”

Touro will honor its next group of graduates during Spring Commencement on May 14, 2018.

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