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Walden News // Jan 15, 2013

Walden University Marks 49th Commencement in Miami

Dr. Tererai Trent, founder of Tinogona, will address graduates and guests at Jan. 19 ceremony

Minneapolis—January 15, 2013—Almost 600 graduates, along with 4,300 expected guests, will attend Walden University’s 49th Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 19, at the James L. Knight Center in Miami. They are part of a graduating class of more than 3,700 students, representing 50 U.S. states and 42 countries, who have completed their bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and education specialist degree programs at Walden during the past six months. Thousands more are anticipated to participate via live webcast starting at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time at

Dr. Tererai Trent, scholar, motivator and global humanitarian, will address graduates and guests as the keynote speaker. A well-known inspirational speaker and founder of the nonprofit organization Tinogona, Dr. Trent has dedicated her life to bringing educational opportunities to people around the world. Dr. Trent has twice appeared as a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, where she reached millions with her powerful messages on the importance of education, women’s empowerment and never giving up on your dreams. Winfrey chose Dr. Trent as her “all-time favorite guest.”

At commencement, degree programs with first-time graduates include the MS in Clinical Psychology and MS in Criminal Justice Leadership and Executive Management.

Several individuals will also be honored at commencement, including:

  • Piroska Bisits Bullen, PhD in Public Health graduate from Phnom Penh, Cambodia, who received the 2013 Harold L. Hodgkinson Award for her dissertation, The Positive Deviance Approach in Community Health: A Multiple Case Study Analysis Using the Theory of Diffusion of Innovations. This award is presented to the Walden graduate whose dissertation meets the highest university standards of academic excellence.
  • Dr. Michael Schwab, core faculty member in the PhD in Public Health program in Walden’s School of Health Sciences, who received the 2013 Bernard L. Turner Award, which is presented to the faculty chair who oversees the dissertation of the recipient of the Harold L. Hodgkinson Award.
  • Faculty members Dr. Gary Kelsey from the School of Public Policy and Administration and Dr. Karen Ouzts from the School of Nursing, who each received the Presidential Award for Faculty Excellence, which is presented to Walden faculty members who have made outstanding contributions to the university.

The Walden University community gathers to honor its graduating students twice a year at summer and winter commencement ceremonies. An archived version of the 2013 winter commencement will be available at following the ceremony.

About Walden University

For more than 40 years, Walden University has supported working professionals in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and their communities. Today, more than 46,500 students from all 50 states and more than 145 countries are pursuing their bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees online at Walden. The university provides students with an engaging educational experience that connects them with expert faculty and peers around the world. Walden is the flagship online university in the Laureate International Universities network—a global network of more than 60 campus-based and online universities in 29 countries.

Walden offers more than 75 degree programs with more than 345 specializations and concentrations. Areas of study include health sciences, counseling, human services, management, psychology, education, public health, nursing, public administration and information technology. For more information, visit Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association,