Adams State College Graduate Commencement Ceremony is May 15


Dr. Susan Belanger, an ethicist at the Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University Medical Center, will deliver the 2010 Graduate Spring Commencement Ceremony address at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 15, in Plachy Hall.

Dr. Susan Belanger

Dr. Susan Belanger will address Adams State master's degree graduates.

In order to adequately honor all graduating candidates, Adams State College implemented the policy to hood master's degree candidates in a ceremony separate from the undergraduate commencement, held earlier the same day. Dr. Ed Crowther, Faculty Marshal for the Graduate Commencement Ceremony, said he is pleased Adams State is choosing to acknowledge these students' achievements by creating a separate master’s commencement. "It is also a measure of how important masters' degrees are becoming to Adams States institutional mission."

Belanger holds a Ph. D. in nursing from the Catholic University of America. Her extensive experience in healthcare leadership and education includes numerous healthcare leadership roles including a decade long post as Vice President of Nursing and Chief Nursing Officer at St. Mary's Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, Maine, a part of the Sisters of Charity Health System. In her current position, Belanger teaches ethics, the profession and role of a health care professional, and social and cultural issues to students in the school of medicine. She has provided clinical consultations and has held memberships on numerous ethics committees for over fifteen years. Her research interest examines the family experience at the end of life, with an emphasis on making death in hospitals more humane for the decedent and the surviving family members. Her other professional interests include recognizing and dealing with moral distress and improving professional communication.

The college will award 178 master's degrees. Gigi Darricades, Adams State Board of Trustees, will convey the greetings from the board. Dr. William Lipke, professor of music, will perform "Fantaisie-Impromptu in C-sharp Minor, Op. 66" by Frederic Chopin.