313 to graduate from St. Ambrose


For The Catholic Messenger

DAVENPORT — St. Ambrose University will confer 313 degrees at Winter Commencement ceremonies Dec. 17 at 11 a.m. at the RiverCenter, 136 East Third St.
The 11 a.m. ceremony will honor 313 degree candidates, including 95 graduate students and 39 doctoral candidates.

The class includes members of the inaugural cohort of the St. Ambrose Master of Physician Assistant Studies program.

“This is a proud moment as the first class from this strong addition to our Health Sciences curricula prepares to join the health professions community,” said Sister Joan Lescinski, CSJ, president of St. Ambrose University. “We are especially pleased to note that nearly a third of these new physician assistants will be filling health care gaps in rural Iowa communities.”


Brenda Peters, a professor of biology and a member of the St. Ambrose faculty since 1993, will address the graduating class. Peters was twice nominated for Professor of the Year honors and chaired the faculty task force that helped to create the St. Ambrose Honors program. She served as the program’s co-director from its inception in 2012 until 2015.

This year, Peters won a National Society of Leadership and Success Excellence in Teaching Award.
Graduate students from the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and the College of Health and Human Services will be hooded in a joint ceremony starting at 5 p.m. Dec. 16 in Galvin Fine Arts Center on campus.

A pinning ceremony for graduates of the St. Ambrose nursing programs will be held at 8 p.m. on Dec. 16 in Galvin Fine Arts Center.

Students or guests needing special accommodations should contact the Services for Students with Disabilities office at (563) 333-6275.

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