GALVESTON — The School of Nursing at the University of Texas Medical Branch will hold its commencement ceremony at 3 p.m. Friday at Moody Gardens Convention Center, 7 Hope Blvd.

The ceremony will recognize the school’s more than 500 graduates in the last year, including those who will complete degree requirements in August. Of these, 111 have earned an advanced degree, including the inaugural class of Doctor of Nursing Practice graduates and nine who will graduate in May with a Ph.D. from the UTMB Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

The commencement address will be given by Karyn Holt, who is an associate clinical professor and director of Online Quality at Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions in Philadelphia.

The Euphemia Jane Ritchie RN Excellence in Nursing Award, given to the most outstanding student in the senior nursing class, will be presented to Katherin Janae Page.

Earlier in the day, the graduates will participate in a pinning ceremony. The nursing pin symbolizes the allegiance and pride the students have in their school.

This is the 127th class to receive their nursing education at UTMB, established in 1890 as the first nursing school in Texas and the oldest nursing school in the Southwest.

 The University of Texas Medical Branch

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