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Widener University announces graduate commencement ceremony student speaker

Christine Aiello, Widener Nursing, Student Speaker, Commencement

Nursing student Christine Aiello will be the student speaker at graduate commencement.

As Widener University prepares to award diplomas to 670 graduate students, the university is pleased to announce that nursing student Christine Aiello will serve as the class of 2018's student speaker at commencement.

The graduate student ceremony will take place rain or shine Friday, May 18 at 9:30 a.m. on Memorial Field. Members of the media are invited and encouraged to attend both ceremonies. Press parking and seating can be reserved in advance of the event. Please contact Mary Allen, director of communications, at or 610.499.4246 to make arrangements.

Aiello has completed her master of science in nursing, adult-gerontology option, which prepares students for the advanced-practice registered nurse role as a Clinical Nurse Specialist. She earned a 4.0 grade point average. Click here to download her headshot.

Aiello works as a registered nurse and clinical practice leader in the surgical intensive care unit at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She has been a nurse for 14 years, with 10 of those years working in intensive care at Penn Medicine. Following graduation, Aiello will continue in her current role at Penn, but will add the MSN and CNS credentials to her professional status.

Dr. Kim A. Noble, associate professor and coordinator of the Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist tract in Widener's MSN program, nominated Aiello for the speaker honor. In selecting a speaker, the university seeks an individual who exemplifies the best of our graduate students, both academically and professionally.

Aiello earned her bachelor of science in nursing degree from Gwynedd Mercy University. She lives in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania with her husband Nicholas Aiello.

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener comprises seven schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate, baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees. Visit the university website,