LAKEWOOD – Forty p.c of this yr’s Georgian Court docket College graduates had been the primary of their households to attend school.
“I’m the eldest of the three of (youngsters) and ever since I used to be a child I’ve been taking good care of everybody in my household: when it got here to translating papers, bodily caring for somebody, being the shoulder they’d cry on, so for me nursing was an innate factor to do and one thing I all the time carried with me was when my mother would inform me about her dream of turning into a nurse,” Yasmin Amaro-García stated as she ready for Wednesday’s graduation ceremony.
Amaro-García, a Lakewood native and daughter of Mexican immigrants, earned a Bachelor of Science diploma in nursing after profitable a number of scholarships due to her excessive GPA from her time as a scholar within the Lakewood public faculties.
She was one in all 450 undergraduate and 180 graduate college students awarded their levels on the college’s commencement ceremonies.
This yr, the youngest graduate was 19 years previous whereas the oldest was 69, and about 95% of all graduates had been from New Jersey.
Amaro-García, who was her class speaker on the ceremony, was the GCU Nursing Membership President for 2 years in a row, had her personal chapter revealed within the third quantity of Right now’s Impressed Younger Latina, and arranged a vigil for Vanessa Guillen, the Latina soldier who was bludgeoned to dying by a male soldier in Texas in 2020.
Amaro-García was additionally a member of the Phi Eta Sigma honor society, the Hispanic Pupil Group and LGBTQ@GCU.
In keeping with a 2010 research by the U.S. Division of Training, 89% of low-income, first-generation college students depart school with out ending their diploma, however Amaro-García made it.
“I had so many occasions after I was like, ‘I ought to simply stop.’ As a result of it was so exhausting. There was so a lot strain in being the primary one in my whole household to do it. There have been so many nights after I would cry myself to sleep, however I needed to hold going. I couldn’t quit,” she stated.
Different graduates this yr included two nuns, Sister Thuan Bui from Vietnam who earned a level in non secular research, and Sister Pascaline Musyoka from Kenya, who earned a level in enterprise.
Musyoka is a venture supervisor at Missionary Sister of the Valuable Blood, a congregation in Kenya that works in direction of empowering girls. She determined to come back to Georgian Court docket to study all she might about enterprise administration.
“I used to be missing the abilities as a result of I used to be initially a kindergarten instructor earlier than I used to be promoted to my present position. In enterprise administration, they gave me an introduction to funds, accounting, enterprise advertising and marketing and technique, after which additionally administration expertise based mostly on human psychology,” she stated.
After 5 years finding out for her diploma, Musyoka is worked up to return to Kenya to proceed her work with her congregation.
Yesterday, this week’s commencement ceremony additionally marked the commencement of the college’s first cohort within the Doctorate in Psychology program.
“Within the doctoral program, we focus not simply on scientific observe, we additionally give attention to utilized analysis and we even have a really robust group and social justice focus,” Al Mancuso, program director, stated.
Amy White, who graduated with a doctorate in psychology, did analysis on the influence biases have on folks.
“With my dissertation, what I discovered is that training and coaching correlates with the enter of bias degree. What meaning is that the extra coaching and training any individual has on a subject, the much less bias they have an inclination to point out. So extra skilled improvement, extra training, extra speaking concerning the topic, actually might be proven to enhance attitudes towards a selected group, ” she stated.
Wednesday’s keynote speaker was Robert Garrett, CEO of Hackensack Meridian Well being,
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