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Doctoral Student Celebration

Honoring Doctoral Degree Recipients

To honor the achievements of doctoral degree recipients (DBA, DCFT, DHSc, DPT, DNP, DrPH, EdD, PhD), the Graduate College welcomes doctoral degree recipients from the current Academic Year, faculty and professional staff, and guests to attend a reception in June prior to the annual Commencement ceremonies.*

*Please Note: Doctoral hooding takes place at the individual College and School ceremonies. For the latest updates, please visit the Commencement website.

2021 Virtual Doctoral Student Celebration

Save the date for the 2021 Virtual Doctoral Student Celebration which will take place via Zoom web conferencing technology. Eligible candidates will receive an email invitation in the spring with more information. Faculty, professional staff, family, friends and guests are also welcome to register and attend.

Friday, June 11, 2021
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. EDT
Virtual via Zoom (Registration Required)

Please click the link to register below and receive a personalized Zoom link. Everyone must register individually to access the Zoom session.

Register Here

The session will be recorded and archived here. Check back!

We encourage our graduating doctoral candidates to wear their regalia and turn their cameras on, if comfortable!

Graduating doctoral candidates who have successfully applied for their degree via DrexelOne by the April 23, 2021 deadline and/or who are graduating in the summer quarter and have successfully applied for their degree via DrexelOne and completed the "Application to Participate in Commencement Activities" will have their name, degree, thesis/dissertation title, and supervising professor(s) displayed on a slide following the formal remarks. Please review the Graduation Requirements for more information.

2021 Distinguished Student Speakers

Kimberly Morrison HeadshotKimberly Morrison, MSN, RN, PCCN, NE-BC

Doctor of Nursing Practice Candidate '21
College of Nursing and Health Professions

Kimberly Morrison is the current Nurse Manager of the ICU at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, New York. She is an advanced level certified nurse executive through the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center and progressive care certified nurse through the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. Ms. Morrison earned her Master of Science in Nursing Administration (GPA 4.0) from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; a Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York at Albany; and an Associates in Nursing from Maria College in Albany New York. She is pursuing her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with an anticipated graduation of Aug. 2021.

Ms. Morrison has held a variety of management positions in acute care and has extensive in both cardiac and intensive care settings. She serves as the New York Organization of Nurse Executive and Leaders North East Chapter Public Policy Committee representative.

During the recent COVID pandemic Ms. Morrison worked on the front lines with her ICU team to strategically plan and support patient care delivery. Ms. Morrison also works collaboratively with the  Center for Donation and Transplant to support organ donation including the Honor Walk. The Honor Walk allows healthcare providers the opportunity to participate in a singular show of unity, underscored by the profound and rewarding work that connects us all, to honor organ donors and their families for their selfless act of giving at a time of profound loss which represents the best of humanity.

Ms. Morrison resides in Latham, New York with her husband Trevor and two daughters, Chloe and Abby.  She spends her free time reading, carpooling to sporting events, and trying to figure out elementary school math.

Accommodation Requests

If you have a documented disability and would like to request accommodations, please contact Disability Resources at 215.895.1401 or We greatly appreciate 72 hours of advance notice for these requests.

Relive the 2020 Doctoral Student Celebration

Tuesday, June 9, 2020