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UHV graduate follows in mother's footsteps to earn nursing degree

By Victoria Advocate
Dec. 22, 2012 at 6:22 a.m.

Juno Dickerson, left, poses with her daughter, Kinaye' Weaver, after the University of Houston-Victoria School of Nursing pinning ceremony Saturday at the Leonard J. Merrell Center in Katy.

Though five years have passed, Kinaye' Weaver has not forgotten the memory of her mother's University of Houston-Victoria graduation ceremony.

"She had been out of school for years, but she decided to go back to be part of the first UHV Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing class," Weaver said. "I remember going to Katy for her graduation and recalling how proud I was of her. I still am today."

Saturday, their roles were reversed.

Juno Dickerson, Weaver's mother, watched as her daughter walked across the same stage at the Leonard J. Merrell Center in Katy, signifying the completion of the same RN to BSN degree.

The family became the first multi-generational graduates in the history of the UHV School of Nursing.

Weaver's decision to attend the same school and earn the same degree had a lot to do with her mother's experiences at UHV.

"Kinaye' attended UHV because she saw what I went through during the program and how successful it was for me," Dickerson said. "She saw me walking across that stage in 2007, and I think it was something that she wanted to do as well. She made it her goal to get her BSN, and she accomplished it. I am very proud of her."

After wrapping up her final evaluation Dec. 12, Weaver was talking with Eugenia Blomstrom and Vivian Nowazek, assistant clinical professors in the School of Nursing, about graduation.

Weaver mentioned her mother would be attending commencement and that she was a UHV nursing graduate. That's when Blomstrom and Nowazek realized Weaver would be the school's first second-generation graduate.

The youngest of UHV's four schools, the nursing program is in its seventh year.

"Having a second-generation RN to BSN student graduate says a tremendous amount about our very young nursing program, the outstanding faculty and the dedication of our students," said Kathryn Tart, founding dean of the UHV School of Nursing. "It's really cool to see a mother and daughter share this accomplishment together. We are glad that both Juno and Kinaye' had valuable and memorable experiences while attending UHV."

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