Fall 2023 Commencement Ceremony


Congratulations to the Class of 2023!

On Saturday, December 2nd, 2023, at 9:00 a.m. (CST), the School of Nursing will host a ceremony at the Bass Concert Hall in honor of the graduating Class of 2023. The School of Nursing community is excited to honor your achievements and celebrate this moment with your friends and family.

Letter from the Dean

Dean Eun-Ok Im

Congratulations to all our University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing students who are graduating today. Also, congratulations to the parents, partners, family, and friends who have supported and nurtured the graduates, enabling and facilitating their success. This commencement honors all that you have accomplished throughout the program and celebrates your continuous passion and commitment for nursing and your future leadership and contributions to nursing.

Our School of Nursing includes an excellent and strong community of outstanding students, committed and dedicated faculty and staff, and highly supportive alumni and friends. Our community is committed to addressing significant local, national, and global health care challenges through education, research, and service. With this extraordinary community, you have worked hard, successfully completed the program, and will be promising future nursing leaders. With all your commitment and dedication to nursing, and with all the knowledge and skills that you have obtained through the program, you will make the world healthier and better.

As a part of this extraordinary University of Texas community, you have learned to lead and make promising changes in Texas and beyond with necessary competencies, compassion, and integrity. We are very proud that we had the opportunity to educate you—future nurse leaders—who will not only make an impact in the State of Texas but also in the world.

Today, we are sending you out to the world so that you can make positive changes in Texas and beyond. I am highly excited about all the promising changes that you will bring to the nursing profession, and I am also deeply impressed with all the intellectual commitment and life experience that you will bring to the delivery of health care. This outstanding community of yours will always be here to support and celebrate your future journey and accomplishments.

Congratulations again.

Eun-Ok Im, PhD, MPH, RN, CNS, FAAN 
Professor and Laura Lee Blanton Chair in Nursing


Keynote Speaker

Gayle M. Timmerman, PhD, RN, APRN-CNS, FNAP, FAAN
Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs


Faculty Marshal

Julie Zuniga, PhD, RN, FAAN
Associate Professor


Graduate Student Speaker

Jade Teetsel
Graduating MSN student


Undergraduate Student Speaker

Myah Coleman
Graduating BSN student

Assisted by:

Alexandra García

Alexandra García, PhD, RN, FAAN
Assistant Dean for the Graduate Programs


Teresa Bailey, DNP, APRN, NNP-BC, CNE
Clinical Assistant Professor


Laura Murphy, PhD, MSN, RNC-OB
Clinical Assistant Professor
Graduate Advisor


Shalonda Horton, PhD, RN
Clinical Assistant Professor

Vinh T. Nguyễn, PhD, MEd
Associate Dean for Student Services

Nicole Murry, PhD, RN
Clinical Assistant Professor

Leigh A. Goldstein, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, CNE
Director of Learning Enhancement and Academic Progress (LEAP) Center
Clinical Associate Professor

Larissa Brungot, DNP, RN, CNE
Clinical Assistant Professor