Advocates Shine During Nursing Commencement

Familiar faces honored at graduation ceremony

Our advocates in action were everywhere at the June 13, 2015 UCLA School of Nursing Commencement.

Bruin Caucus Council member Dr. Bonnie Faherty was honored as the School’s Alumnus of the Year. She and her husband Ed Feldman have been longtime volunteer advocates on the University’s behalf, participating in UCLA Advocacy Days at Washington D.C., Sacramento and Los Angeles City Hall. Additionally, they have sponsored students to participate in UCLA Advocacy Days, ensuring the next generation continues to carry the torch for issues important to the University.


UCLA Chancellor Gene Block, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Interim Dean Sarna and Rep. Lois Capps share a moment at commencement.

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Nursing students Amelework Tadesse Wodajo and Karizza McAlexander will be a part of that next generation of advocates. Both participated in the 2015 UCLA Advocacy Days in Washington D.C., and were awarded M.S. and B.S. degrees in Nursing at the Commencement ceremony.

Speaking to the nursing students as the Commencement’s keynote speaker was 24th District U.S. Rep. Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara). She talked to the graduates regarding the theme of the day, “Use Your Voice.” The former public school nurse and educator’s message focused on how nurses play an important role in providing health care to all patients, and how it was important to be engaged in policy issues throughout their professional careers.

Mayor Eric Garcetti was also was in attendance during the Commencement. He and his family were celebrating the graduation of his foster daughter in the Master of Science Program in Clinical Nursing.

Overall, it was a day filled with joy for the graduates and their friends and family members. Congratulations Bruins!

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