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Video: School of Nursing & Health Studies Commencement 2013

Saturday, May 18, 2013, Noon ET

May 18, 2013 – Nearly 200 graduates from Georgetown’s School of Nursing & Health Studies (NHS) received their bachelor’s degrees in health care management & policy, human science, international health or nursing.

Dr. Lisa Simpson, president and CEO of AcademyHealth, urged Georgetown’s most recent NHS graduates to continue feeding their curiosity.

“You have sharpened a great skill the past few years that will stand you in good stead – you have learned how to learn,” Simpson told the audience after receiving an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the university.

Ayesha Ibrahim (NHS'13), a nursing major, said her experiences inside and outside the classroom have fed her curiosity as well as fueled her passion for social justice.  

“I have grown to become a global citizen who strives to exhibit the value of cura personalis in my day-to-day interactions,” said Ibrahim, who was selected to address her classmates during the NHS Tropaia ceremony on Friday. “It is my hope that following graduation I will continue to use what I have learned at Georgetown to better the lives of others.”

Simpson reminded the class that challenges await them but that their NHS training has prepared them to seek knowledge in science and compels them to seek justice.

“I will tell you to also seek experience, to layer on life and feed your curiosity so that when change presents itself and opportunity arises you can become what it is you are to be,” she added. “Health care in this country is too often unkind.  A kind word, a kind touch, a kind smile - these are small but oh-so-effective salves for the pain and suffering that so many experience in their lives.”

Lindsey Mahoney (NHS’13), a human science major, said NHS pushed her to her full academic potential and provided her with the skills and confidence to pursue medical school.

She received the Dean's Medal during Friday’s Tropaia ceremony for attaining the highest cumulative GPA. 

“The faculty here are not only incredible teachers and mentors, but they have always been so supportive, especially as I worked to figure out exactly what I wanted to do after graduation,” she said. “The lifelong friends that I made at Georgetown are some of the most interesting, genuine and kind people I have ever met, and they have truly brought out the best in me.”

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