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Creighton Awards More Than 1,600 Degrees at Commencement

Creighton University conferred more than 1,600 degrees during two commencement ceremonies on May 18 at CenturyLink Center Omaha.

Barbara J. Braden, Ph.D., SJN'66, BSN'73, inventor of the Braden Scale for Predicting Pressure Sore Risk and dean emeritus of University College, was honored in the morning as the 2013 Alumni Achievement Citation recipient.

The morning ceremony honored graduates of Creighton's health sciences schools, including dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy and health professions.

Mary Lou Quinlan, CEO of Just Ask a Woman and author of The God Box: Sharing My Mother's Gift of Faith, Love and Letting Go, was the keynote speaker in the afternoon and received an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters. Watch her address | Read the transcript

The afternoon ceremony recognized graduates of Creighton's School of Law, Graduate School and undergraduate colleges.

University President Timothy R. Lannon, S.J., presided at both ceremonies. To relive the moment, or if you didn't get a chance to see the ceremonies, you can watch them online.


Awards and Honors

Creighton University presented several special awards at the 2013 commencement ceremonies on May 18. Honorees Barbara J. Braden, Ph.D., Mary Lou Quinlan and A. Joseph Threlkeld, Ph.D., PT, are pictured below with Fr. Lannon.


Alumni Achievement Citation

The Alumni Achievement Citation -- Creighton's highest alumni award -- was presented to Barbara J. Braden, Ph.D., SJN'66, BSN'73, a distinguished faculty member, researcher and administrator at Creighton for 35 years.

Braden earned a bachelor of science in nursing from Creighton in 1973, a master of science in nursing at the University of California and a Ph.D. in nursing from the University of Texas at Austin.

Recipient of the University's Distinguished Administrator Award in 2008, Braden began her Creighton career as assistant professor in medical surgical nursing in the School of Nursing in 1975.

Braden developed the internationally known Braden Scale for Predicting Pressure Sore Risk, a tool used to identify a patient's risk of developing pressure ulcers. She has authored more than 75 scholarly publications and has been active on the Board of Directors of the Nebraska AIDS project, as well as planning committees of the Red Cross and the Salvation Army.


Honorary Doctorate

Mary Lou Quinlan is an internationally known marketing executive, best-selling author, actress and speaker. She is the CEO of the leading women's marketing agency in the United States.

Her latest book, The God Box: Sharing My Mother's Gift of Faith, Love and Letting Go, in which she shares her family's personal story with cancer, became a New York Times bestseller in just three weeks.

She also has created a one-woman play based on the book, with proceeds going to local women's cancer and healthcare charities around the nation.

Quinlan regularly appears in national media as a marketing expert, writing columns and articles for magazines and appearing on television programs. She was also a correspondent on The CBS Early Morning Show.

Quinlan also delivered the keynote address for the afternoon ceremony. Watch her address | Read the transcript


Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Award for Teaching Achievement

A. Joseph Threlkeld, Ph.D., PT, an associate professor in Physical Therapy, received the Creighton Students Union Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Award for Teaching Achievement at the morning ceremony.

Threlkeld, one of the founding faculty members of Creighton's Physical Therapy program, has been at Creighton University since 1992.

He co-founded the Creighton clinical physical therapy practice on the Omaha and Winnebago Indian reservations in Nebraska. He chaired the Department of Physical Therapy from 1996 to 2001 and is the current director of the biodynamics laboratory at Creighton.

Students selected Threlkeld for his pioneering work in transitioning the physical therapy education program into a clinical doctoral degree program, and for the care he shows to students.


Spirit of Creighton Award

Creighton's highest student honor, the Spirit of Creighton Award, was presented to Arts and Sciences graduate Laura Haller of Omaha and Pharmacy and Health Professions graduate Matthew Leedom, Sioux Falls, S.D. Read more.

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