LMU’S CAYLOR SCHOOL OF NURSING TO HOLD CONVOCATION CEREMONY DECEMBER 15
December 5, 2011 - Lincoln Memorial University’s (LMU) Caylor School of Nursing (CSON) will hold its first Convocation Ceremony on Thursday, December 15, at 4 p.m. at the Alumni Memorial Building on the campus of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. The ceremony will celebrate the program’s first cohort of generic Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) graduates as well as its first cohort of Psych Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) graduates.
The Convocation speaker will be Cathy Kerby, MSN, RN, NE-BC, magnet coordinator for the University of Tennessee Medical Center.
The CSON Convocation is being held in advance of LMU’s annual Winter Commencement, which will take place on Saturday, December 17, at 11 a.m. in the Tex Turner Arena on the LMU main campus in Harrogate, Tenn. The 2011 Winter Commencement marks the first commencement in which the CSON will have graduates in all career pathway options for all three degree levels (associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s). Over 130 nursing graduates will receive their degrees during the Commencement ceremony.
During the Convocation graduating undergraduate students will be pinned and the graduate students will receive their hoods, with all graduates being included in the traditional candle lighting ceremony. “The lighting ceremony commemorates both the Lamp of Knowledge and the lantern carried by Florence Nightingale when she made nightly rounds to tend the wounded soldiers of the Crimean War,” said Dr. Mary Anne Modrcin, dean of the CSON. LMU and the CSON hold a similar ceremony at the main campus in Harrogate, Tenn., each May in conjunction with the School of Allied Health Sciences.
LMU’s CSON continues to grow. In the last six years, enrollment has increased by nearly four times, a new extended site was added and the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program initiated. Originally offering just one concentration at the main campus in Harrogate, Tenn., the MSN program now includes Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthesia and Psych Mental Health Nurse Practitioner concentrations. Additionally, under the leadership of Modrcin the school has received approximately $4 million in grant funding.
The CSON offers Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN), BSN and MSN programs at LMU’s main campus in Harrogate, Tenn., and four extended learning sites. The ASN program is offered in Harrogate, Knoxville at Tennova’s Physicians Regional Medical Center (formerly Mercy Medical Center St. Mary’s), Blount County, Tenn., in collaboration with Blount Memorial Hospital and in Corbin, Ky., at
Baptist Regional Medical Center. The BSN program is offered at Harrogate and LMU-Cedar Bluff. The MSN in Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) is offered at Harrogate and LMU-Cedar Bluff. The MSN in Nurse Anesthesia is offered at Harrogate and the MSN in PMHNP is offered at LMU-Cedar Bluff.
Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or e-mail at email@example.com.
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