Wilkes University summer commencement ceremony set for Sept. 9

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Wilkes University will hold its summer commencement ceremony at 1 p.m. Sept. 9 at 1 p.m. in the Henry Gymnasium of the Arnaud C. Marts Sports and Conference Center, South Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre. More than 300 graduates will receive bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees at the event.

Deborah Zbegner, dean of the Passan School of Nursing at Wilkes University, will deliver the commencement address.

Zbegner was appointed as the first dean of the Passan School of Nursing at Wilkes University in January 2015. In that role, she provides leadership and guidance for the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs in the Passan School. Zbegner has 21 years of teaching experience on the undergraduate and graduate levels, much of it at Wilkes. She served as the nursing school’s director of graduate programs and, in that role, was responsible for strategic planning, overseeing operations and supervising curriculum, and student enrollment and retention for the nurse practitioner concentrations and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

Zbegner also has 30-plus years of professional experience in nursing which includes obstetrical, gynecological, and infertility nursing, ultrasound, university teaching, and governance.

She has 28 years of clinical practice as a nationally board-certified women’s health nurse practitioner. Zbegner works in a collaborative physician practice caring for women across the life span and also serves as a clinical preceptor for nurse practitioner students within her practice site.

She earned her doctorate at Widener University, her master’s degree in nursing at University of Pennsylvania and her undergraduate degree in nursing from DeSales University.

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