DALLAS — The Ruth Matthews Bourger Women with Children Program (WWC) at Misericordia University held a Mulier Fortis ceremony to honor program graduate Nicole Negron of Dallas.
Negron received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English at Misericordia’s 90th commencement ceremony May 21. She has been awarded a full scholarship to continue her education at Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois, in a graduate program for visual culture.
Also honored was her son, Justice, 6, who has lived with her on the Misericordia University campus. Negron is the 21st woman to graduate from the WWC program since its inception in 2000 by Sister Jean Messaros, R.S.M., vice president of mission integration. Negron is a native of Jersey City, New Jersey, and lived in Wilkes-Barre prior to enrolling in the WWC program.
Misericordia University President Thomas J. Botzman, Ph.D., commended Negron for her academic accomplishments during the ceremony. As a participant in the Misericordia University Summer Research Fellowship Program in 2015, she was a member of a research team that completed an online public history exhibit and catalogued and preserved more than 6,000 photos and scans for the Greater Pittston Historical Society. The project was conducted under the direction of Jennifer Black, Ph.D., assistant professor of government and history. Negron aspires to work in museum outreach following graduate school.
She also participated in a fine arts study abroad program to Ireland in March, lead by Ryan Weber, Ph.D., assistant professor of musicology and associate director of the Misericordia University Honors Program.