Graduate College Awards Degrees, Celebrates New Programs

MOT graduate

Drs. Kim Hall (left), DeEtta Compton (center) and Faye Lyons (right) are the university's first doctoral graduates.  View more photos.

Radford University’s College of Graduate and Professional Studies awarded degrees Friday to 108 students, including the first class of graduates from the Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) program.

Also among the 55 graduates who participated in the Winter Commencement and Hooding Ceremony in Bondurant Auditorium were the university’s first Master of Occupational Therapy (M.O.T.) recipients.

Kimberly D. Hall of Christiansburg, a clinical nurse specialist at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, completed her course work this month in the D.N.P. program. Joining her at the hooding ceremony were Arneda Faye Lyons of Dublin and DeEtta Compton of Radford, who received their degrees in August.

Radford’s Master of Occupational Therapy (M.O.T.) program, which won accreditation earlier this year, recognized its first graduates at a pinning ceremony preceding commencement. The 10 M.O.T. graduates are set to take the national certification exam in early 2012.

During the ceremony, President Penelope W. Kyle paid tribute to the M.O.T. and D.N.P. graduates and their mentors in the Waldron College of Health and Human Services.

“In the life of every university there are watershed moments, those ‘firsts’ that define the history and shape the future of an institution,” Kyle said. “Tonight we celebrate such an occasion.“

The most popular graduate degrees conferred Friday were education (25), educational leadership (17), business administration (17) and counselor education (14).

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Dec 16, 2011
Chad Osborne