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Queens announces its 2014 commencement speakers

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04/29/14 -  

Queens' 2014 commencement ceremonies will be led by the following outstanding keynote speakers.

Presbyterian School of Nursing Associate Degree - Thursday, May 1

Judith A. Halstead, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN is professor of nursing at Indiana University School of Nursing, Indianapolis, Indiana, and serves as the director of the Office for Online Education for Indiana University. She previously served as executive associate dean for academic affairs from 2004-2013.  She has more than thirty years of experience in nursing education with expertise in online education, nurse educator competencies and evidence-based teaching in nursing education. She is co-editor of the widely referenced book on nursing education, "Teaching in Nursing: A Guide for Faculty."

Dr. Halstead is the recipient of numerous awards including the MNRS Advancement of Science Award for the Nursing Education Research Section for her leadership in advancing the science of nursing education and the Sigma Theta Tau International Elizabeth Russell Belford Excellence in Education Award. She is a fellow in the NLN Academy of Nursing Education and the American Academy of Nursing. Her work in promoting excellence in nursing education is widely disseminated nationally and internationally in more than 50 publications and 100 presentations, and she is a frequently sought consultant on issues related to nursing education. She served as the president of the National League for Nursing, a professional organization with a mission of promoting excellence in nursing education, from 2011-2013.

Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies - Friday, May 2

Superintendent Dr. Heath E. Morrison joined Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in July 2012 from the Washoe County School District (Reno, Nevada).  In October 2013, Dr. Morrison unveiled a revised strategic plan for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Strategic Plan 2018: For a Better Tomorrow identifies six goals for the district. It places a strong focus on academic achievement, graduation rates and preparing students for post-secondary success. In the 2012-2013 school year, the graduation rate at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools rose to 81 percent, up nearly five percentage points from a year earlier. Dr. Morrison has also focused on preparing students for college, career or the military, placing greater emphasis on student enrollment in Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses and expanding the offerings of Career and Technical Education (CTE).  Community engagement has also been a strong focus since Dr. Morrison's arrival in CMS.

Traditional Undergraduate - Saturday, May 3

Jay Bilas, one of ESPN and ABC's top basketball analysts, is widely recognized for his thorough knowledge of the game and his professional, clever style. In addition, he serves as a studio analyst and as the co-host of ESPN's popular studio show College Gamenight, where he skillfully breaks down games and players.  He also writes for ESPN.com and contributes numerous reports for ESPN Sports Center. Since 2003, Bilas has provided in-depth player scouting and analysis for ESPN's coverage of the NBA Draft.  Sports Illustrated has named Bilas the best analyst in college basketball, as has the ACC Sports Journal, among others.    

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