a family affair:
Denise Clinton (NUR ’79) had two reasons to be proud at the UDM Commencement ceremony on May 10. Not only did she receive her Master of Science in Nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner), but her son, Kevin, also graduated from UDM that day. He received his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering with honors, earning him distinction as the Class of 2003 valedictorian.
Mother and son both excelled at UDM: Denise was recognized with the Family Nurse Practitioner Academic Excellence Award for having the highest cumulative GPA in the FNP class of 2003, while Kevin was a member of Alpha Sigma Nu (the National Jesuit Honor Society for students at Jesuit colleges and universities who are in the top 15 percent of their class) and received an Engineering & Science Scholarship Key Award (for those with a 3.8 or above GPA).
UDM has become a family tradition for the Clintons. Both Denise and her husband, James, received their undergraduate degrees from Mercy College of Detroit—James in 1976, and Denise in 1979.
Denise returned to UDM because of the unique environment. She says, "The smaller program and the personal attention from instructors are what make it special." She plans to go into a family practice or an internal medicine clinic. In August, she will attend another UDM wedding—Kevin became engaged to Nursing junior Jamie Leckvarcik in April of 2002. Perhaps the tradition will continue.