College of Health Professions to Award Honorary Degrees to David Broski, Sr. Mary Scullion, at May 16 Commencement
Jefferson's College of Health Professions (CHP) will award honorary degrees to David C. Broski, PhD, Chancellor, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), and Sister Mary Scullion, RSM, co-founder and current president of Project H.O.M.E., at Commencement Exercises on Friday, May 16 at 10:30 a.m. at the Academy of Music.
The class of 1997, totaling 377, will be the first to graduate under the new name, College of Health Professions, since the College of Allied Health Sciences' name was changed in December. Included in the graduating class will be 320 recipients of the bachelor of science degree, 42 recipients of a post- baccalaureate certificate, and 15 associate degree graduates of the College's department of general studies' evening program.
During the ceremony, Linda G. Kraemer, RDH, PhD, Senior Associate Dean, CHP, and Grand Marshal, will confer the honorary Doctor of Science degree on David C. Broski, PhD., while Josephine C. Mandeville, Vice Chairman of the Thomas Jefferson University Board of Trustees, will confer the Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree on Sister Mary Scullion.
Dr. Broski has had a long and distinguished career as an educator, including more than 20 years in allied health education. He served as Dean of the College of Associated Health Professions of UIC from 1983 to 1991, before becoming Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, a post he held until 1995 when he was named UIC Chancellor.
Dr. Broski is a past President and fellow of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions and Editor Emeritus of the Journal of Allied Health.
Sister Mary Scullion's service work and advocacy for homeless and mentally ill persons began in 1978. She was a co-founder, in 1985, of Women of Hope, which provides permanent residences and support services for homeless mentally ill women. In 1988, she helped to found the Outreach Coordination Center, an innovative program coordinating private and public agencies doing outreach to chronically homeless persons in Center City Philadelphia.
The following year, Sister Mary Scullion helped start Project H.O.M.E. (Housing, Opportunities, Medical Care, Education), which provides a continuum of care--residential and rehabilitative services--to enable chronically homeless persons to break the cycle of homelessness. She has earned numerous awards for her efforts, including the prestigious Philadelphia Award in 1992.
Of the baccalaureate degree graduates, 165 are in nursing, while there are 45 in occupational therapy, 33 in diagnostic imaging, and 29 in laboratory sciences--2 of those in biotechnology, 3 in cytogenetic technology, 13 in cytotechnology and 11 in medical technology.
Also counted among the graduates are 48 physical therapy students who are completing their combined BS-MS degree program during the summer.
A special Closing Ceremony for physical therapy graduates, featuring awards and a keynote address by American Physical Therapy Association President Marilyn Moffat, PhD, PT, FAPTA, will be held May 2 in McClellan Hall.
Of the 42 students who are receiving postbaccalaureate certificates, one is in biotechnology, 6 are in cytogenetic technology, 6 in cyto-technology, 4 in medical technology, and 25 in occupational therapy.