The first 10 graduates of Radford University’s Master of Occupational Therapy (M.O.T.) program will receive their degrees at Winter Commencement on Friday, Dec. 16.
The ceremony will cap a milestone year for Radford’s Waldron College of Health and Human Services, which will also honor the first three graduates of its Doctor of Nursing Practice program: Kimberly D. Hall of Christiansburg, Faye Lyons of Dublin and DeEtta Compton of Radford.
Radford President Penelope W. Kyle and Douglas Mitchell, chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy, will confer degrees on Kristina Blake of Stuart; Kristin Bowens of Hatfield, Ky; Michael Browning of Bluefield, W.Va.; Issac Johnson of Virginia Beach; Tara Morris of Pounding Mill; Adele Neal of Roanoke; Kathryn Robertson of Salem; Mandy Stubbs of Virginia Beach; Kathryn Williams of Union Hall; and Barbara Polakiewicz of Rockbridge.
“Our inaugural group played an important role in the program’s successful accreditation last spring,” Mitchell said. “Most members of the class have already received multiple job offers, and some will be staying here in Southwest Virginia to start their careers.”
For Polakiewicz, who has accepted a position at a skilled-care facility in Waynesboro, graduation will mark a personal milestone too. She is a single parent with a 4-year-old son.
An RU alumna (Bachelor of Social Work, 2005), she moved several times for personal reasons after graduation and never found full-time work in her field. Also, she admitted, her grades as an undergraduate had not been stellar.