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Mercyhurst's McAuley College to graduate 65

Thursday, December 4, 2014

David Dausey, Ph.D.

Mercyhurst University will confer degrees on 65 students from the McAuley College of Associate Degree Studies at the upcoming December commencement ceremony.

The 65 soon-to-be graduates of the McAuley College of Associate Degree Studies include 60 students from the North East campus and five students from Mercyhurst’s Booker T. Washington Center program.

Of the graduates, 38 will receive associate of science in nursing degrees, 12 will receive associate of arts degrees and 15 will receive associate of science degrees.

David J. Dausey, Ph.D., will deliver the commencement address. Dausey, dean of the School of Health Professions and Public Health at Mercyhurst University, is an internationally respected public health and health-care expert. He has worked on the ground with senior health officials in more than 20 countries and with experts at numerous international groups, including the World Health Organization, the United Nations, the Global Health and Security Initiative and the Rockefeller Foundation.

Dausey has also collaborated with more than 100 state and local public health agencies and health care organizations across the country and with large federal agencies such as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Dausey holds a B.A. in psychology from Mercyhurst University and master’s and doctoral degrees in epidemiology and public health from the Yale School of Public Health and the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He completed postgraduate training in higher education management and leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Jolene Jackson, who will graduate with an associate of science degree in nursing, has been selected by the college’s program directors to receive the Mercy Award. This prestigious honor recognizes a student who has had a positive impact on the college community and exhibits outstanding scholarship achievement, personal integrity and leadership skills. Jackson will also deliver a speech at the ceremony.

Commencement is set for Friday, Dec. 19, at 6 p.m. at Mercyhurst’s Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center.