Alcorn alumna Tonya Smith-Shaw earns doctorate degree

Alcorn State University continues to produce outstanding alumni.

Vicksburg, Mississippi native Tonya Smith-Shaw earned her doctorate degree in nursing education and administration from William Carey University Friday, August 7.

Shaw’s educational journey started at Alcorn, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She furthered her studies at the University of Mississippi School of Nursing where she earned a master’s degree in nursing with an emphasis in nurse education.

Shaw didn’t hesitate to credit her alma mater and loved ones for shaping her into the professional she is today.

“My professors at Alcorn motivated me to function at my highest potential because failure is not an option,” said Shaw. “I credit these accomplishments to my faith, the support of my family and friends, and the training I received from Alcorn’s School of Nursing.”

Shaw plans to continue being an active component within the nursing workforce in Mississippi by serving her community. She also hopes to transition into a faculty position within a school of nursing so that she can “inspire young nurses to achieve their maximum potential.”

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