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Kristin Sagedy of Cherry Hill Awarded Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from Wilkes University  

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Kristin Sagedy


Sagedy is among the first Ph.D. graduates in the University’s nearly 90-year history

Kristin Sagedy of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, received her Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing degree from Wilkes University. Sagedy was one of four graduates from the inaugural class of the Ph.D. program, which launched in Sept. 2017. This is the first Ph.D. program in the University’s nearly 90-year history.

Sagedy’s doctoral dissertation explored baccalaureate nursing students’ attitudes toward end of life care and the impact of simulation-based learning. She currently serves as assistant professor at Holy Family University in Philadelphia, Pa.

The degree was one of 270 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees awarded at a virtual degree conferral ceremony held by Wilkes on Sept. 12. The virtual degree conferral, livestreamed from campus, included remarks from Wilkes University President Greg Cant and interim Provost Terese Wignot. A ceremony honoring all 2020 and 2021 graduates will be held in May 2021.

The Ph.D. program in Wilkes University’s Passan School of Nursing is held online with one, two-day campus residency and attracts students from throughout the country. The Passan School of Nursing offers the bachelor’s degree in nursing in both a traditional four-year format, as well as an accelerated format for those who already have a bachelor’s degree. Wilkes offers online master’s degrees in adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner, and psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner. Wilkes also offers the doctor of nursing practice degree in an online format.

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About Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

Wilkes University is a private, independent, non-sectarian institution of higher education dedicated to academic and intellectual excellence through mentoring in the liberal arts,   sciences and professional programs. Founded in 1933, Wilkes is on a mission to create one of the nation’s finest doctoral universities, offering all of  the programs, activities and opportunities of a large university in the intimate, caring and mentoring environment of a small college, open to all who show promise. The Brookings Institution ranked Wilkes 14th in the nation for middle-class mobility.In addition to 45 majors, Wilkes offers 24 master’s degree programs and five doctoral/terminal degree programs, including the doctor of philosophy in nursing, doctor of nursing practice, doctor of education, doctor of pharmacy, and master of fine arts in creative writing. Learn more at