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UC to Bestow Highest Honor Upon Dedicated Leader in Nationwide Nursing Beverly Malone

National League for Nursing CEO Beverly Malone will receive an honorary doctorate at the University of Cincinnati's Spring Commencement ceremony May 2.

Date: 4/24/2015
By: Tom Robinette
Phone: (513) 556-1825
Beverly Malone, a force for change in nursing and health care nationwide, will be given an Honorary Doctorate of Science by the University of Cincinnati at Spring Commencement on May 2.

An honorary doctorate is UC's most prestigious award. The special recognition will be bestowed upon Malone, a UC College of Nursing alumna, and three other esteemed recipients during Commencement events held from May 1-2 in Fifth Third Arena. The tradition-rich celebration will be held from May 1-2 in Fifth Third Arena, and it includes multiple ceremonies: the Doctoral Hooding and Master’s Recognition Ceremony at 10 a.m. May 1, and Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies (bachelor and associate degrees) will be presented at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. May 2.
Beverly Malone

Malone is chief executive officer of the National League for Nursing (NLN) and former deputy assistant secretary for health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Malone’s tenure at the NLN has been marked by a retooling of the league’s mission to reflect the core values of caring, diversity, integrity and excellence, and an ongoing focus on advancing the nation’s health.

Her distinguished career has mixed policy, education, administration and clinical practice. Malone has worked as a surgical staff nurse, clinical nurse specialist, director of nursing and assistant administrator of nursing. During the 1980s she was dean of the School of Nursing at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. In 1996, she was elected to two terms as president of the American Nurses Association, representing 180,000 nurses nationwide. In 2000, she became deputy assistant secretary for health within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Just prior to joining the NLN, Malone was general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, the United Kingdom’s largest professional union of nurses, from June 2001 to January 2007. Malone was also a member of the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

In 2010, she was ranked No. 29 among the 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare Magazine. Malone is a newly elected member of the Institute of Medicine.


Information about the ceremony – including when to arrive, where to park, how to take part via social media and more – is available online.


Further information is available on the Commencement website.