NRI Institute Holds 10th Annual Commencement

The graduates gather for a group photo.

The NRI Institute of Health Sciences held its 10th annual commencement exercises on Friday, Aug. 19 at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center. A total of 34 new registered nurses graduated with associate of science in nursing degrees. One graduate received an occupational associate degree in diagnostic medical sonography.

Chief Administrative Officer Daniel Splain served as master of ceremonies for the event. Royal Palm Beach Mayor Fred Pinto welcomed the attendees and the graduates’ families to the commencement exercises. Other distinguished guests in attendance included Royal Palm Beach Councilman Jeff Hmara. Michelle Oyola McGovern, corporate director of government and community relations for the Baptist Health System, was the graduation speaker. Honors graduate Kellyan Hillman was the student speaker at the event.

The invocation and the benediction were pronounced by Dr. Joseph Kloba, retired provost of Palm Beach Atlantic University. Graduates were awarded their degrees by Elizabeth Stolkowski, director of the nursing program. They received their nursing pins from Dr. M.J. Duthie, associate director of the program.

NRI Institute of Health Sciences has been in Royal Palm Beach for 10 years and provides educational programs in nursing, diagnostic medical sonography and medical assisting.