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Press Release for Monday, August 1, 2016

UNF Honoring Student for Service at Summer Commencement

Contact: Andrea Mestdagh, Specialist

Department of Public Relations

(904) 620-2192

The University of North Florida will honor a student with an outstanding record of volunteerism, when it hands out more than 900 degrees Friday, Aug. 5, during summer commencement at the UNF Arena, Building 34, on campus.


UNF senior Dayna Cohen, who will graduate from the Brooks College of Health with a Bachelor of Science in nursing, will be recognized as the recipient of the Senior Service Award. The UNF Alumni Association presents the Senior Service Award to a graduating senior for outstanding volunteer service to the University or community.


Cohen served as the president of UNF’s Student Nurses’ Association from 2015-16 and during that time presented a resolution, “In Support of Encouraging a Short Peripheral Catheter Access Curriculum in all Undergraduate Programs,”to the House of Delegates at the National Student Nurses’ Association Annual Convention. It passed and was awarded the Empowering Resolutions Award at the NSNA Annual Convention.  


She led UNF’s first Interdisciplinary Health Club Fair, which brought together health clubs from across campus to offer the entire student body interactive activities and services such as blood pressure screenings and CPR lessons.


Cohen also participated in United Way’s UPSTREAM Challenge, an initiative that allows college students to present ideas that lead to community change. She and a peer presented a proposal, “Mindful Friends,” about a peer-led education program where high school and college students work together to teach sixth grade students about mental health to help end the stigma of mental illness. The proposalplaced first and received a $5,000 grant to be implemented this fall in Jacksonville.


The ceremony for the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction as well as the College of Arts and Sciences will take place at 10 a.m., followed by the ceremony for the Brooks College of Health, College of Education and Human Services, and the Coggin College of Business at 2 p.m.


The University expects to award a total of 708 bachelor’s degrees, 198 master’s degrees and five doctorates this term. Including the summer 2016 graduates, UNF has issued a total of 71,875 bachelor’s degrees, 18,272 master’s degrees and 444 doctorates since opening its doors in 1972.


UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.