Celebration 2021


School of Nursing
Virtual Graduation Ceremony

Thursday, May 13, 2021 • 1 p.m. EDT


Congratulations to the Class of 2021! We're excited that you will be joining us as we celebrate the accomplishments of our students. 2021 Graduates, along with their families and friends, and the entire School of Nursing community can celebrate their graduation here via livestream. You can also view the live stream on the School of Nursing Facebook page and join the conversation on social media. If you are unable to watch the celebration live, full videos will also be available after the ceremony.

When it is safe to do so, the university will host in-person celebrations on the National Mall to honor the Class of 2021 and the Class of 2020, with each class enjoying its own, curated celebration. This May, we look forward to honoring our 2021 graduates virtually, with some in-person elements. Please see the FAQs for more information about our May 2021 celebrations.

Please email [email protected] with questions.



 Link for International Viewers

If you're outside the U.S. and unable to view the video stream, use this alternate link to watch the celebration. 

Link will be available shortly!

  • Pre-Show 
  • Dean's Remarks
  • School Traditions
  • Graduate Recognition
    Graduate names will be read alphabetically by degree and program.
  • Nightingale Pledge
  • Closing

A Letter from Dean Jeffries

Photo of Dean Pamela Jeffries in her office

Dear Graduates, 


First, congratulations!


Whether today marks your first graduation, your second, or even your third, I urge you to stop and appreciate all that you have done to reach this moment. While we had planned to celebrate this milestone and your significant accomplishments in the GW Smith Center today, we must instead be diligent in our commitment to community health and maintain social distance. But although we’re apart today, we are together in spirit and purpose. With the onset of this global pandemic, I am reminded daily of the great impact nurses and health care providers have on society and it makes me proud. While circumstances are not ideal, I hope that today still brings great joy for you, your family and friends, as we celebrate your graduation virtually.


As we mark this day, I do hope that you will reflect on your time at GW Nursing. You spent countless hours absorbing new knowledge and skills, questioning and debating ideas, and learning from your faculty and fellow students. At a time where competent and compassionate healthcare providers are needed more than ever, we are honored to have played such an important role in preparing you for the next stage of your nursing career.


In the coming days and weeks, some of you will be starting at the bedside; others will move into advanced practice nursing, academe or leadership roles. Regardless of the position title or setting, our graduates are known to represent the best of the profession. In recognition of some of these outstanding members of our community, we will celebrate the 10th anniversary of GW Nursing this year by honoring 10 alumni with the Inaugural Distinguished Alumni Award. It was important to us to acknowledge your colleagues whose professional accomplishments have significantly contributed to the advancement of nurses and nursing. I know that each of you will continue to uphold this tradition of excellence.


The faculty and staff at the George Washington University School of Nursing remain proud of you, your accomplishments thus far, as well as your promise for future impact. We wish you only the best, and hope to hear from you soon and often.



Dean Pamela R. Jeffries

Celebration Program 

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Graduates, and their families and friends, are invited to download the 2021 program to view digitally and print as a keepsake.

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B.S.N. candidates


M.S.N. candidates


D.N.P. candidates


Post-grad Certificate recipients








This year GW is celebrating more than 300 students who are the first in their family to graduate from college. Congratulations to all the first-generation graduates in the School of Nursing. 



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Our Speakers 

Lauren Underwood


Keynote Speaker

Lauren Underwood

U.S. Representative (IL-14)

Congresswoman Lauren Underwood serves Illinois’ 14th Congressional District and was sworn into the 116th U.S. Congress on January 3, 2019. Congresswoman Underwood is the first woman, the first person of color, and the first millennial to represent her community in Congress. She is also the youngest African American woman to serve in the United States House of Representatives.



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Remarks From The Dean

Pamela Jeffries

Dean, GW Nursing

Pamela Jeffries, professor and dean of GW Nursing, is internationally known for her research and work in nursing and health care education. Throughout the academic community, she is well regarded for her scholarly contributions to the development of innovative teaching strategies, experiential learning techniques, new pedagogies and the delivery of content using technology. Dean Jeffries is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and the Academy of Nursing Education. She also serves on the board of the American Academy of Nursing and is a member of the National Academies of Sciences’ Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education.


Veronica Nguyen


Undergraduate Student Speaker

Veronica Nguyen

BSN Candidate




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Graduate Student Speaker

Michelle Doran

DNP Candidate




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Awards Presentation

Pamela Slaven-Lee

Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

Pamela Slaven-Lee is a clinical associate professor and senior associate dean for academic affairs. Prior to GW, Dr. Slaven-Lee held faculty appointments at Georgetown University and Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. She is a Sigma Thera Tau Leadership Academy scholar. Her principal areas of practice include leadership, administration, family practice, internal medicine, pathology, gastroenterology, hepatology and simulation-based learning. Dr. Slaven-Lee is a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE), providing curricular support, leadership, and coordination of on-campus simulation-based learning events. 



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Remarks from President of STTI

Richard Ricciardi

Director of Strategic Partnerships, Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement
President for Sigma Theta Tau International

Richard Ricciardi is a professor and health policy faculty in the Policy, Populations and Systems community at the School of Nursing. Dr. Ricciardi comes from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), where he served as the Director, Division of Practice Improvement. At AHRQ, Dr. Ricciardi's research focused on primary care practice improvement science in the areas of team-based care, quality and safety, and the management of patients with complex needs, including those with multiple chronic conditions, and those with opioid use disorder. 


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National Anthem Singer

Brady Lyles

BSN Cohort 24




Awards and Special Recognition

D.N.P. Scholarly Project Award

The Outstanding Student Award for D.N.P. Scholarly Project recognizes the project of a GW Nursing D.N.P. student with the potential to directly or indirectly influence outcomes related to health care, practice or policy. The recipient of this award exemplifies leadership in nursing practice and demonstrates scholarly rigor, innovation and contribution to the profession.



Nkeiruka Muonagolu


Outstanding Student in Community Service Award

The Outstanding Student Award in Community Service recognizes a GW Nursing student that has demonstrated exemplary academic and clinical performance, commitment to community service and has promoted teamwork and collaboration among their peers.




Robert Tucker


The Virginia Nurses Association Award


Katherine Liwanag


Outstanding Student in Nurse Midwifery Award

Through a partnership with Shenandoah University, GW Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing in Nurse Midwifery. Each year, GW Nursing recognizes one student in the Nurse Midwifery program that has made outstanding contributions to the classroom and demonstrated excellence during their time at GW Nursing and Shenandoah University.  

Successful candidates have demonstrated commitment to improving patient and family health, are viewed by their colleagues as role models, and embody the values and mission of GW Nursing.




Helen Mejia


Outstanding Student in Nurse Leadership Award




Meagan Beyers

The Excellence in Clinical Practice Awards recognize APRN students who have made outstanding contributions to the classroom and demonstrated clinical excellence during their time at GW Nursing. Successful candidates have demonstrated commitment to improving patient and family health, are viewed by their colleagues as role models, and embody the values and mission of GW Nursing.

Clinical Excellence for Family Nurse Practioner Award




Gabrielle Karlsen


Clinical Excellence for Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Award




Lauren Turner

Clinical Excellence for Psychiatric Mental Health Award




Seth Owusu-Kwarteng


Clinical Excellence for Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Award




Blair Devermont




Monica Joiner

The Pam & Joe Jeffries Nursing Innovation Award is awarded to a GW Nursing graduate student who demonstrates innovation and the use of technology in nursing practice or education that will impact the culture of health, patient, communities, and/or nursing faculty or students. The selected award recipient also celebrates the core attributes of creative nursing leadership and entrepreneurship, valued by the procession in practice and education.




Kristin N. Conti

The DAISY Award, provides national recognition and appreciation for Extraordinary Nurses in honor of nurses, nurse faculty and nursing students who go above and beyond to make a difference in the experience of patients and families while in the clinical setting.

The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 by members of the family of Patrick Barnes. Patrick was 33 years old when he died of complications of the auto-immune disease immune thrombocytopenic purpura or (ITP). Like many families that go through this kind of horrific loss, the Barnes family wanted to do something positive to honor the very special man Patrick was. So, right before Pat’s death, they came up with DAISY- an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The family was very impressed by the clinical care Patrick’s nurses provided, but what really overwhelmed them was the unwavering compassion and kindness that his nurses brought to his bedside. As a sign of gratitude, Pat’s family created The DAISY AWARD®. Today participants include over 2600 healthcare organizations and 200 colleges & schools of nursing, including GW Nursing.




Anna Erway




Selena Tsang-Nguyen

The George Washington University School of Nursing has partnered with GW Hospital to offer the Nursing Scholars Program opportunity to registered nurses who hold an Associate Degree in Nursing (A.D.N.), and for those pursuing the Accelerated Bachelor of Science Nursing.

Graduating GW Hospital Scholars:

  • Doris Anyiatem
  • Meghan Calcagno
  • Alyssa Filippelli
  • Megan Gooch
  • Abena Mainoo
  • Rinu Neilson
  • Brittany Wilson
  • Sarah Kogod
  • Sydney Malley
  • Diamond Wallace

The MedStar Washington Hospital Center (MWHC) and GW Nursing have an innovative partnership called Washington Squared (W). MWHC is a hospital with nearly 1,000 beds and is part of a non-profit health system with 10 hospitals, over 30,000 associates and numerous specialty and primary care clinics as well as home care. MWHC is a dynamic hospital with strong research and a commitment to high-quality care in which nurses are highly valued as critical team members.

The W2 program offers tuition support to Accelerated BSN (BSN) students and the promise of employment and professional growth at MedStar Washington Hospital Center (MWHC).

Washington Squared graduates:

  • Sarah Adcock
  • Stephanie Allen
  • Alayna Armendariz
  • Andrew Atienza
  • Crystal Austell
  • Lindsay Beattie O'Connor
  • Grace Birrell
  • Ashley Carpenter
  • Kevin Dang
  • Pamela Egbuniwe
  • Ashley Ellington
  • Nicole Fattouch
  • Meagan Ferguson
  • Yanina Ferrufino Beza
  • Erin Ann Glynn
  • Jessie Harrelson
  • Bethany Hodges
  • Dyonna Sylvia Hydleburg
  • Hannah Kahovec
  • Brianne Kallam
  • Lindsay Klein
  • Afton Lakey
  • Laura Leon
  • Emma Lewis
  • Angela Lin
  • Christine Luong
  • Abigail Maclin
  • Thomas Manley
  • Amanda Masters
  • Susan Mccarthy
  • Mikayla Miller
  • Veronica Nguyen
  • Erica Paris
  • Emily Philip
  • Elena Price
  • Rachel Rhoads
  • Reagan Robins
  • Nadine Rong
  • Lujain Said
  • Kimberly Sewell
  • Suzanne Steinhart
  • Kimberly Trentacosta
  • Kristen Wall
  • Stephanie Weber
  • Sylvia Weintraub
  • Jeremy Weyl
  • Alison Woods
  • Hewan Zena

GW Nursing values veterans and offers a supportive learning environment specifically tailored to vets. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) veterans option offers a customized curricular roadmap, which is based on prior education, military service, and experience.

Veteran B.S.N. graduates:

  • Olatubosun Adepoju
  • Colby Adkins
  • Adel Alazazi
  • Markusz Andrejkovics
  • Timothy Barksdale
  • Young Bien
  • Vivek Buddharaju
  • Jenna Chamberlain
  • Cassandra Cox
  • Katherine Emery
  • Amber Fay
  • Kristin Fay
  • Dean Freitas
  • Michelle Gold
  • Peter Kaijuka
  • Jason Krieg
  • Mirine Kwon
  • Alex Lada
  • Senekalhee Lea
  • Ann Lee
  • Chevonne Llamas
  • Thomas Manley
  • Nicholas Martin
  • Kaitlin Maxon
  • Daniel Mccauley
  • Justin Mccoin
  • Arleigh Mcrae
  • Mikayla Miller
  • Brendan Moore
  • Jamiel Morris
  • Ramon Neal
  • Daniel Nunez
  • Thomas Parker
  • Thomas Reynolds
  • DeLonn Robinson
  • Nicholas Romano
  • Katelyn Russo
  • Maria Seagren
  • Regine C. Sibayan
  • Matthew Soellner
  • Robert Tucker
  • Justin Wears
  • Meredith Whitlow
  • Christine Wilson
  • Kilhwan You

Doctor of Nursing Practice Projects

  • Lilian Atieno Okungu
    Project Title: Nurse Leader Development Program
    Primary Advisor: Dr. Karen Whitt
  • Tina DiMarino
    Project Title: Implementing TeamSTEPPS® Training for an Interdisciplinary Healthcare Team to Improve Teamwork 
    Primary Advisor: Dr. Richard Ricciardi
  • Vepuka Kauari 
    Project Title: Implementing Nurse Peer Mentorship Program 
    Primary Advisor: Dr. David Keepnews
  • LaTonya Smith
    Project Title: Virtual Training for Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) Peer Navigators 
    Primary Advisor: Dr. Cara Padovano 
  • Leslie Smith
    Project Title: Implementation of Capnography Monitoring to Improve Outcomes Among Intensive Care Unit Patients on Patient-Controlled Analgesia or Opioids 
    Primary Advisor: Dr. Karen Whitt 
  • Patricia Winston
    Project Title: Improving Nurse Manager Job Satisfaction: An Urban Academic Quality Improvement Project  
    Primary Advisor: Dr. Mary Jean Schumann 
  • Kristin Conti
    Project Title: Effectiveness of Community-Based Hemorrhage Control Education 
    Primary Advisor: Dr. Quiping (Pearl) Zhou 
  • Meghan Doelger
    Project Title: Just in Time Orientation of Non-Critical Care Nurses to the Critical Care Environment 
    Primary Advisor: Dr. Karen Kesten 
  • Michelle Doran 
    Project Title: Mentoring for New Nurses: Program Implementation and Evaluation 
    Primary Advisor: Dr. Mercedes Echevarria 
  • Mitaliben Gor 
    Project Title: Implementation of Diabetic Foot Care Education Quality Improvement Project 
    Primary Advisor: Dr. Cynthia Allen 
  • Joan Goss 
    Project Title: Design and Implementation of a Nursing Peer Review Program in a Two-Hospital Setting 
    Primary Advisor: Dr. Karen Kesten 
  • Kristina Jung
    Project Title: PrEP Education Intervention 
    Primary Advisor: Dr. Karen Whitt 
  • Nkeiruka Muonagolu 
    Project Title: The Effects of Diabetes Self-Management Education Among African Americans 
    Primary Advisor: Dr. Joyce Knestrick 
  • Kyle Olson 
    Project Title: A Program Development and Evaluation Project for Provider Use of Buprenorphine Maintenance 
    Primary Advisor: Dr. Mercedes Echevarria 
  • Sabena Passarello 
    Project Title: Adoption of Evidence-Based Practices in Stroke Transitions of Care 
    Primary Advisor: Dr. Joyce Knestrick 
  • Leigh Simpkins 
    Project Title: Program Implementation and Evaluation of a Heart Failure Management Program in a Skilled Nursing Facility 
    Primary Advisor: Dr. Joyce Knestrick 
  • Daniel Terrell 
    Project Title: Mindfulness Training in Mitigating Implicit Bias: Improving Cultural Competency for Nurses Caring for LGBT Individuals 
    Primary Advisor: Dr. Mercedes Echevarria 
  • Taylor Villwock 
    Project Title: A Multi-Faceted Quality Improvement Project Amid a Global Pandemic: Improving Guideline- Consistent Cervical Cancer Screening Rates and Provider Knowledge of Abnormal Cervical Cancer Screening Results During Reactivation of a Metro Family Practice Clinic 
    Primary Advisor: Dr. Jeanne Murphy 
  • Jennifer Walsh 
    Project Title: Improving Mental Health Competency in School Nurses 
    Primary Advisor: Dr. Mercedes Echevarria  
  • Ava Williams 
    Project Title: A Quality Improvement Initiative to Engage Older Adults in the Discharge Process Using the IDEAL Discharge Protocol  
    Primary Advisor: Dr. Karen Kesten 
  • Grace Yoon 
    Project Title: The Evaluation of The Brøset Violence Checklist (BVC) and Interventions to Reduce Patient Violence Incidents Occurring in the Emergency Department 
    Primary Advisor: Dr. Mary Jean Schumann

The Nightingale Pledge

I solemnly pledge myself in the presence of this assembly to practice my profession faithfully.


I will abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous, and will not take or knowingly administer any harmful drug.


I will do all in my power to maintain and elevate the standard of my profession and will hold it in confidence all personal matters committed to my keeping and all family affairs coming to my knowledge in the practice of my calling. With loyalty and with pride will I devote myself to the welfare of those committed to my care.


Hail Alma Mater
To thy spirit guiding,
Knowledge thy closest friend
In its strength abiding,
Pledge we fidelity
Ne'er its place resigning,
Hail thee George Washington!