Posted May 10, 2007
More than 100 students received degrees and a 32-year-old Russian cardiologist was honored for student excellence at Idaho State University-Boise’s commencement May 4 at The Grove Hotel in downtown Boise.
Irina Zahradnicek, of Nampa, received the Student Excellence Award for her dedication to academic and professional excellence, and community involvement. One of seven nominees for the award, she also received a bachelor’s degree in clinical laboratory science. Zahradnicek attended medical school in Russia before moving to Nampa in 2005.
<>Before conferring the degrees, ISU President Arthur C. Vailas told the students that “education is a gift, a privilege our nation has given us.” He encouraged students to use their education to make the world a better place in which to live and to remember that “ISU will always be home.”
The breakdown of degrees includes 23 Doctor of Pharmacy, 38 master’s degrees, 47 bachelor’s degrees and seven associate degrees. Programs include pharmacy, counseling, athletic administration, nursing, speech-language pathology, audiology, clinical laboratory science and paramedic science.
<>More than 600 students are enrolled in health science programs through ISU-Boise.