NEWS | June 12, 2012

MEDIA ADVISORY: New UC Davis nursing school celebrates first graduating class

Class of 25 earn master's degrees


WHAT: The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis celebrates the graduation of its inaugural class

WHEN:   12:30 p.m. Thursday, June 14, 2012

WHERE: UC Davis Conference Center, 550 Alumni Lane, Davis, CA 95616

WHO: Leadership, faculty and students of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing as well as representatives of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and UC Davis Health System leaders.

VISUALS:  The afternoon celebration will include a discussion, led by a current doctoral student, with original founding leaders from both the foundation and UC Davis to reflect upon the original dreams for the school and offer inspirational messages to the first graduates. The event will also include formal recognition of each of the 25 graduates. All faculty and students will appear in cap and gown. Additional opportunities are available to speak with students and school leaders. The school-wide celebration will be followed by the formal Office of Graduate Studies Commencement Ceremony at 4 p.m. at the ARC Pavilion, where the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Group, which leads the interprofessional program, will confer the Master of Science degrees on the graduates.

BACKGROUND: The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis was established in March 2009. The school was launched through a $100 million commitment from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the nation's largest grant for nursing education. The vision of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing is to transform health care through nursing education and research. Through nursing leadership, the school will discover knowledge to advance health, improve quality of care and health outcomes, and inform health policy. The school accepted the inaugural Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy classes in fall 2010. The first class of 25 Master of Science candidates receive diplomas on June 14. Prior to graduation, more than one third of the graduating class had already received job promotions or new positions. Interviews with graduates in new positions are available through arrangement with the below media contact. The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing is part of UC Davis Health System, an integrated, academic health system encompassing UC Davis School of Medicine, the 619-bed-acute-care hospital and clinical services of UC Davis Medical Center and the 800-member physician group known as the UC Davis Medical Group. For more information, visit

Media Contact: Jenny Carrick, (916) 734-2543 or cell (916) 496-7006,