The UNC School of Nursing is pleased to announce the keynote speaker for 2017’s spring commencement will be Retired Army Lieutenant General and SON alumna Patricia D. Horoho. Commencement will take place on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at the Dean E. Smith Center on Chapel Hill’s campus. Horoho will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree from the University during the full campus ceremony on Sunday.

In December 2015 Lieutenant General (Retired) Patricia D. Horoho completed her 4 year tour of duty as the first female and nurse to command the U.S. Army’s Medical Command and serve as the Surgeon General of a Military Department throughout the 239 year history of the Department of Defense.

As a Soldier Patty served at every level of leadership within Army Medicine to include: Surgeon General and Army Medical Command Commanding General, Special Assistant to the Commander, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, Afghanistan, Deputy Surgeon General, Chief of the Army Nurse Corps, Western Regional Medical Command; Commander, Madigan Army and Commander Walter Reed Health Care System.

Patty is a native of Fayetteville, North Carolina. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1982 and was recognized by the university as a distinguished graduate in 2015.  She received her Master of Science degree as a Clinical Trauma Nurse Specialist from the University of Pittsburgh in 1992.  Pitt recognized her as a legacy laureate and as a Distinguished Alumna and Fellow, and awarded her the Doctor of Public Service in Nursing.

In addition to those degrees she also holds a Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and three honorary doctorates. Patty served a Distinguished Professor at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences Graduate School of Nursing. Patty is also a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.

Among her recognitions, not all captured here but all of which are an honor to have received, are the following: she has been selected as one of North Carolina’s top 100, honored by Time Life Publications for her actions at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, among nurses selected by the American Red Cross and Nursing Spectrum to receive national recognition as a “Nurse Hero”, 2009 USO Woman of the Year, Tiffany Circle Distinguished Woman Warrior, first military service member and nurse to receive the New York Institute of Technology’s Riland Public Service Award, received the Helen Manzen Award from the New York University College of Nursing for exemplary leadership on behalf of the health of the nation; honored by the American Red Cross with the Women Who Care Humanitarian Award and Family Circle magazine has recognized her as one of our Nation’s most influential Moms. UNC-Chapel Hill has honored her with a grant in her name that is awarded to underprivileged students each year.

Military awards and citations include: The Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, France’s National Order of Legion of Honor, Chevalier (Knight), Japan’s Defense Cooperation Award Second Class and the President’s Lifetime Achievement award.

In April 2016 Patty began her career with Accenture Federal Services as Client Account Lead and Managing Director for Military Health where she focuses her talents on Military Medicine and serves as a member of Accenture’s Global Health Board.

She serves on the University Of Pittsburgh Board Of Trustees, the Advisory council for the MDW American Red Cross, the Healthy Nurse Healthy Nation Steering Committee and Advisory board, the Institute for Nursing Leaderships National Advisory council; Committee Member Boulercrest Retreat, INL NAC Targeted Appointments Committee; Member of the 2016 Women of Impact in Healthcare and the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare.  She is also a Tiffany Circle Member, American Nurses Association and the NC Nurses Association. A grant in her name is awarded to underprivileged students each year at the University of North Carolina.

Patty is married to Army Colonel (Retired) Ray Horoho and have two wonderful children, John and Maggie Horoho.

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