Capella University PhD Graduate Receives Nursing and Mentoring Awards

June 12, 2006

MINNEAPOLIS, June 12, 2006 — Robin Stewart, a PhD graduate of Capella University's School of Human Services, has received central Florida's 2006 Polk County Nurse Manager of the Year award, as well as the “She Knows Where She is Going” award from Girls, Inc.

Stewart, who says she grew up in poverty and is the youngest of four children, explains that the award from Girls, Inc. is given “to women who have faced a lot of adversity. Women who overcome life's most difficult challenges to achieve academic and professional excellence.” Stewart put herself through school as a single mom while working full time.

Capella is an accredited online university and a leader in online education. Stewart, who is the director of clinical research for Lakeland Regional Cancer Center in central Florida, graduated with a PhD from Capella in 2005.

“I really wanted to graduate from an accredited university, but I wasn't sure what to expect when I started at Capella. I had a feeling it might be more difficult not being in a classroom with other people, but I soon figured out you are in a classroom with other people, just in a different way. I was concerned that it might not be to the same caliber as a brick-and-mortar school, but I found it was superior to any of the programs I had seen,” Stewart says. “When you become a PhD, you suddenly have a great deal more respect, and within the medical community that is exceptionally important. The additional education I have received from Capella has helped me look at things more globally, and that is a great benefit in the work world.”

About Capella University
Founded in 1993, Capella University is an accredited* online university that offers graduate degree programs in business, information technology, education, human services, and psychology, and bachelor's degree programs in business and information technology. Within those areas, Capella offers 77 graduate and undergraduate specializations and 16 certificate specializations. The online university currently serves more than 15,700 learners from all 50 states and 63 countries. It is a national leader in online education, committed to providing high-caliber academic excellence and pursuing balanced business growth. Capella University is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Capella Education Company, headquartered in Minneapolis. For more information, please visit or call 1-888-CAPELLA (227-3552).

*Capella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, located at 30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504, (312) 263-0456,

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