Nicole Atanasio of Pleasant Vly, NY Awarded Degree at Wilkes University



WILKES-BARRE, PA (09/18/2020)– Nicole Atanasio of Pleasant Vly, NY, received a Master of Science in Nursing degree in Nursing from Wilkes University. 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, live-streamed from campus, included remarks from Wilkes University President Greg Cant and interim Provost Terese Wignot.

Among those receiving their degrees are the University’s first doctor of philosophy in nursing graduates. The four Passan School of Nursing graduates hail from Ohio and New Jersey and are the first to earn a Ph.D. from Wilkes in the University’s nearly 90-year history.

A commencement ceremony honoring 2020 and 2021 graduates will be held in May 2021. Final plans are dependent on the guidance from national and state health officials. More information can be found at

About Wilkes University:

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