Frontier Nursing University Awards Honorary Doctorates for Service to Underserved

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Frontier Nursing University Awards Honorary Doctorates and Recognizes Nurse-Midwifery and Nurse Practitioner Graduates at Commencement Ceremony

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Graduates at FNU's annual Commencement Ceremony

Dr. Sandra May Perkins and award-winning author Silas House and more than 550 graduates were honored at the annual FNU Commencement Ceremony.

Frontier Nursing University (FNU) graduates weren’t the only ones to be honored at the 2015 fall commencement ceremony in Hyden, KY, which attracted more than 2000 guests. Dr. Sandra May Perkins and award-winning author Silas House both received honorary doctorates in recognition for their alignment with the vision of FNU founder, Mary Breckinridge.

Perkins and House and more than 550 graduates were honored at the annual FNU commencement ceremony. There were 161 graduates who traveled from a total of 41 states, even as far as from Alaska, for the ceremony.

It was Breckinridge’s devoted character, passion and dedication for delivering quality health care to underserved and rural populations that founded FNU more than 75 years ago. People like Dr. Perkins and Mr. House continue to make an impact on our world with those same convictions and passions.

Perkins received an honorary doctorate in recognition of her career dedicated to the betterment of maternal and newborn care.

Although her family struggled to survive poverty during her childhood due to the Second World War, Perkins received a scholarship as the first black nurse enrolled in her nursing school and graduated as class valedictorian from the Zion Bible institute. For over 25 years she dedicated her life to advancing the field of Midwifery across the country, making several trips to Africa to conduct classes along the way.

House also received an honorary doctorate for serving as a voice of Appalachian heritage, culture and for his social justice efforts on behalf of the people of Eastern Kentucky and the Appalachian region.

FNU traces its roots back to Eastern Kentucky where Breckinridge worked diligently to help the underserved region. Like Breckinridge, House has dedicated his life to telling the stories of Eastern Kentucky and the Appalachian region.

The faculty and staff of FNU couldn’t be happier to be honoring Dr. Perkins and Mr. House while also releasing more than 550 new nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners into the world. FNU’s 2015 commencement ceremony was truly a time to recognize all of these individuals for their service to the underserved.

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Ranked as the #1 Nurse-Midwifery program in the United States by U.S. News & World Report, FNU is passionate about educating nurse-midwives to serve women and families in all communities, especially rural and underserved areas. FNU offers graduate Nurse-Midwifery and Nurse-Practitioner programs that can be pursued full- or part-time with the student’s home community serving as the classroom. To learn more about FNU and the programs and degrees offered, please visit Frontier.edu.

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