Posted on May 6, 2013

USF College of Nursing PhD graduate Crystal Chapman-Lambert gives student address at USF Commencement

USF College of Nursing PhD graduate Crystal Chapman-Lambert gives student address at USF Commencement

“I cannot deny that I will forever be a bull, more specifically, a bull nurse.” That’s what University of South Florida College of Nursing BS-PhD student, Crystal L. Chapman-Lambert, MS, FNP-BC, ACRN, AAHIVS, proudly told more than 730 graduates and their friends and family during the student address at the USF Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 4, 2013.

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USF College of Nursing graduating BS-PhD student, Chapman-Lambert, giving student address at USF Commencement Ceremony

“I feel humbled and honored to speak on behalf of USF Nursing students and those graduates who are proudly walking on Saturday,” Chapman-Lambert said.

Chapman-Lambert, who completed her BS-PhD in Nursing this semester, said she is humbled and grateful for being selected to speak at the USF Commencement Ceremony recognizing graduate students from all colleges of the university.

“I was honored and horrified because my public speaking is something that I fear, but I was up for the challenge,” Chapman-Lambert said. “Thank you to everyone at the USF College of Nursing for recognizing my hard work and dedication to the advancement of nursing science.”

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(Left to Right). USF Nursing Assistant Professor, Versie M. Johnson-Mallard. PhD, ARNP, MSN, MSMS, with Chapman-Lambert at the USF Commencement Ceremony 

Chapman-Lambert has shown tremendous success throughout her education journey at USF College of Nursing. In 2007, she was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing, and was the USF Nursing McKnight Doctoral Fellow. In 2011, she also received the Sigma Theta Tau International/Virginia Henderson Clinical Research Grant from Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Honor Society of Nursing to allow her to conduct research on HIV-infected women’s knowledge, perceived susceptibility and seriousness of cervical cancer.

“We are all proud of Crystal, and what she has accomplished,” said USF Nursing Distinguished Professor and Thompson Professor of Oncology Nursing, Susan C. McMillan, PhD, ARNP, FAAN, who has been Chapman-Lambert’s mentor during her dissertation. “My perspective is that she is bright and articulate and will be a talented researcher and teacher. I’m proud of her, and wish her an amazing career.”

Over 140 students graduated from the College of Nursing this semester including one Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP), six PhDs in Nursing, 49 Master’s of Science (MS), and 90 Bachelor’s of Science (BS).

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