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Adelaide Nursing School graduations and awards

The Adelaide Nursing School celebrated achievements and new beginnings at the recent graduation ceremony and awards presentation.

As graduates proudly filled the halls of Bonython Hall on Thursday 10 May 2018, not even the inclement weather could dampen their spirits on graduation day. Students, family members and staff were privileged to be joined by Ms Sheila Kavanagh AO, ceremony orator.

In 2003, Ms Kavanagh was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for service through the provision of medical assistance to the victims of the Bali bombings. In 2017 she was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to nursing, particularly in the field of burns treatment, as a clinician, researcher and educator.

Adelaide Nursing School graduation ceremony. Pictured (left to right): Tiff Conroy, Dr Tammy Page, Paul McLiesh and Sheila Kavanagh AO

(l-r) Tiff Conroy, Dr Tammy Page, Paul McLiesh and Sheila Kavanagh AO.

Following the graduation ceremony, the Adelaide Nursing School awards were held in the University of Adelaide's Rumours Function Room at Union House, North Terrace campus. Presented by Acting Head of School Associate Professor Judy Magarey, the merit awards recognised students who received a grade average of distinction or above.

The school was honoured to have special guests Professor Alan Pearson, Ann Garvie and Betty Khor in attendance. Professor Alan Pearson was the Inaugural Head of Department when the nursing school was established in 1995. Professor Pearson presented the Pearson Prize to the winner Lisa Thiele, recognising the Graduate Diploma in Nursing Science student with the highest average mark across all six courses.  

Professor Alan Pearson presents the Pearson Prize to Lisa Thiele.

Professor Alan Pearson presents the Pearson Prize to Lisa Thiele.

Ann Garvie and Betty Khor from the Nurses' Memorial Foundation presented the Margaret Grace McNair AM award to recipient Imogen Koblar. This prize was established to recognise a third year Bachelor of Nursing graduand nurse who completed the pre-registration program in the minimum time and demonstrated an excellence in clinical practice and academic achievement.

Ann Garvie and Betty Khor present the Margaret Grace McNair AM award to Imogen Koblar.

Ann Garvie and Betty Khor present the Margaret Grace McNair AM award to Imogen Koblar.

The Charlotte de Crespigny Prize was awarded to Sophie Whitehead, recognising a third-year graduand nurse who demonstrated academic and clinical excellence in regards to nursing people with mental health, alcohol and other drug related health conditions, wherever they present for health care.

The Kitson Prize was awarded to Alexandra van Senden, recognising a Master of Clinical Nursing student who demonstrated the highest standard of academic achievement throughout the program.

The Roshan Encouragement Award was awarded to Kamellia Steens, recognising a Master of Clinical Nursing student who demonstrated the largest improvement in their academic performance (Grade Point Average) from semester 1 to semester 4.

Congratulations to all graduates and award winners.

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