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November 28, 2011


There has been a huge change in the graduation application process for the next two terms. The date of the next commencement ceremony is Saturday, May 19, 2012. There will be only one commencement a year and as a result Spring 2012 and Summer 2012 graduates will be able to participate in the May commencement.


1. You must complete and submit the Electronic Application for Graduation (online only) by Friday, January 6, 2012. (link at bottom of this email). Please wait until your Fall 2011 grades have been posted before you submit your application for graduation.

2. Very Important!!! You will need to pick up your Graduation Application Packet from my no later than January 24, 2012. You will be contact via email by me letting you know your packet is ready so please be sure to have an up-to-date e-mail address (print clearly) on your application. You will then immediately submit it to the Office of the Registrar with proof of payment.

A non-refundable fee of $50 must accompany all graduation application packets on January 24th. One of the following payment options should be included:

• Printed Receipt from the GSU Cashier's Office (the Cashier may also simply apply a PAID stamp to your Packet paperwork)
• Check
• Money order

(DISTANCE STUDENTS ONLY: if you live more than 50 miles away from the main campus you will need to contact the Cashier’s Office at 708.534.4055 to make a phone payment and contact me to confirm payment has been made in order to have your application packet forwarded to the registrar’s office. You will have the option to fax or email me your payment confirmation.)


If you have any questions regarding this procedure please feel free to contact me or the Registrars’ Office.

Graduation Application Deadlines:
Spring & Summer 2012 – January 6, 2012

Governors State University - Registrar's Office - Graduation/Commencement

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The Clara Bell Royster Nursing Scholarship

We would like to make you aware of the Clara Bell Royster Nursing Scholarship. The funds for the scholarship are dervived from chapter fundraising efforts and donations from patrons, so no exact amount has been given.

To qualify:

The applicant must be an Illinois resident

All applications are considered regardless of race, creed, or national origin

The application must be an undergraduate pursuing an ADN, BSN, or a Master's degree in an accredited school of nursing

The application must have completed at least one year of nursing courses including one semester of clinicals

The application must have maintained a minimum grade point average of 2.5/4.0 in all nursing courses

The application with the highest scholastic ability and leadership potention will be selected

Former recipients may re-apply for the Clara Bell Royster Scholarship for succeeding years

The dollar amount of the scholarship awarded is determined annually

Applications for the scholarship can be obtained in the Department of Nursing. Please see Vanyette Exton, Department Secretary for a copy of the forms. The deadline for the application to be submitted to the scholarship committee (address supplied on the application) is December 15, 2011.

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Undergraduate - Second Term Courses

This is to inform those who are eligible to take NURS 330, 401, 402 and 403 this coming Spring 2012 semester that we are aware that the courses are currently full. Though this is not a guarantee, we are currently working on being able to offer a second section of each of these courses. Please continue to monitor the schedule for spring 2012.

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November 09, 2011

Spring & Summer 2012 Graduation Applications

Graduation Applications for both the Spring 2012 and Summer 2012 terms are due in to the Registrar’s Office by Tuesday, January 24, 2011. You can obtain the graduation application and your progress report (both forms must be turned in) by going to http://www.govst.edu/appreg/t_registrar.aspx?id=1757. Please remember to complete and sign both forms before turning them in to the Registrar's Office before the deadline date as No Late Applications Will Be Accepted.

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Pinnacle Leadership Recognition Awardees

On November 4, 2011 the Ballroom at the Chicago Hilton Hotel was filled with nurse leaders from Illinois for the 14th annual Power of Nursing Leadership networking and luncheon sponsored by the University of Illinois at Chicago. This year’s theme was New Challenges for Nursing in the 21st. Century. The keynote speaker for the event was Dr. David Satcher, MD, PhD, former U.S. Surgeon General and Assistant Secretary for Health. Satcher spoke of nurses’ exemplary leadership on health related issues as well as the challenges still to be faced in working toward health equity and the elimination of health disparities. Ethical leadership, he said, is required to face these challenges and is comprised of three facets-integrity, civility, and community. Successful health outcomes depend on appropriately identifying the impact of social determinants of health and on partnering with communities to eliminate barriers to health and health disparities.

In addition to Dr. Satcher’s keynote address, a hallmark of the event was the recognition of several exemplary nurse leaders in Illinois. One category of award, the Pinnacle Leader Recognition, was awarded to 31 nurse leaders in the state who were nominated by their organizations. It is noteworthy that three of the Pinnacle awardees were graduates of the Nursing Program at Governors State University(GSU). The three GSU graduates recognized were: Maria Nehmer, RN, MSN, University of Illinois Medical Center, Brenda Rocha, RN, DNP Advocate Condell Medical Center, and Jacqueline Whitten, MSN, DNP, Advocate Trinity Medical Center. The success of these nurses is a wonderful honor for GSU and the Nursing Program. Congratulations to all!

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