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Commencement | Dec. 2010: Graduation Address, Video

2010 December Graduation Remarks by Dr. Geraldine Bednash

CEO and Executive Director, American Association of Colleges of Nursing
Thursday, December 16, 2010

Dr. Geraldine Bednash

Dr. Geraldine “Polly” Bednash, RN, FAAN, was appointed executive director of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) in December 1989.  In her role as chief executive officer, Bednash oversees the educational, research, governmental affairs, publications and other programs of the organization that is the national voice for baccalaureate and graduate-degree education programs in nursing — the nation’s largest health care profession.  Representing more than 640 member schools of nursing at public and private institutions nationwide, AACN is the only national organization dedicated exclusively to furthering nursing education in America’s universities and four-year colleges. Learn more about Dr. Bednash.

This graduation marked the first time that students graduated from the new School of Nursing and Health Professions.  More than 150 bachelor’s and master’s degrees were conferred.

Watch the extended highlights of Dr. Bednash’s remarks:

For more information about Graduation, students should contact Dean Meechie Bowie at 202-884-9611 or via e-mail at For media inquiries, contact Ann Pauley, Media Relations, at 202-884-9725 or



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