UB School of Nursing Alumna Rebecca McCormick-Boyle to be Awarded SUNY Honorary Doctorate

Rebecca McCormick-Boyle military portrait.

Retired Rear Admiral Rebecca McCormick-Boyle earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from University at Buffalo in 1981.

Published February 25, 2019

University at Buffalo will honor alumna and United States Navy veteran Rebecca McCormick-Boyle with a SUNY honorary doctorate at the UB School of Nursing commencement ceremony on May 17, 2019 at the Alumni Arena on UB’s north campus.

University at Buffalo will honor alumna and United States Navy veteran Rebecca McCormick-Boyle with a SUNY honorary doctorate at the UB School of Nursing commencement ceremony on May 17, 2019 at the Alumni Arena on UB’s north campus.

Honorary doctorates awarded by the State University of New York recognize excellence in the fields of public affairs, science, humanities and the arts, scholarship and education, business and philanthropy, and social services. The prestigious honor recognizes the recipient’s outstanding service to their university, the State of New York, the United States or to humanity at large.

In her 36 years career as a navy nurse, McCormick-Boyle has been systematically promoted to highly responsible positions – including promotion to the rank of Rear Admiral – that culminated in her most recent roles as Director of the Navy Nurse Corps and Commander of Navy Medicine Education, Training, and Logistics Command (NMETLC) at Fort Sam Houston. McCormick-Boyle’s achievements in the areas of quality management, patient experience, and diversity management have made a tremendous difference in not only Navy Medicine, but in how health care is delivered to our service members across the entire Department of Defense.

McCormick-Boyle has received a number of recognitions from the military, including Senior Healthcare Executive of the Year (2011), Legion of Merit (2009, 2014), Meritorious Service Medal (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007), and Navy Commendation (1994, 1997), to name a few.

In 2017, Rear Admiral McCormick-Boyle was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, an elite group including approximately 2,500 nurse leaders (out of more than three million professional nurses in the United States) who have been recognized by their peers for accomplishing extraordinary milestones in their nursing careers.

She also received the UB School of Nursing Distinguished Alumni Award in 2013 and the University at Buffalo Distinguished Alumni Award in 2015.

In addition to receiving the baccalaureate in nursing from UB School of Nursing in 1981, McCormick-Boyle received an MHA from U.S. Army-Baylor University and an MS in Human Resource Management Systems from Chapman University.

As a leader in Navy Medicine and nursing, McCormick-Boyle has demonstrated a sustained and purposeful effort to address the health needs of our nation and its military populations.

The School of Nursing is proud that our alumna is being recognized with such a high honor – this profound achievement is a testament to the University at Buffalo School of Nursing’s commitment to personal and professional excellence, service and leadership.

-SARAH GOLDTHRITE