OT graduates receive academic awards

Dr. Lalit Shah poses with his students.
Dr. Lalit Shah poses with his students.

The Misericordia University Occupational Therapy Department recently recognized its top graduating students Stephanie Forbes of Reading, Pa.; Laine Bishop of Hamilton, N.J., and Mary Hearity of Beaver Meadows, Pa., at the annual Honors and Awards Ceremony in Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall on campus.

The students graduated on Saturday, May 18th at the 87th annual Commencement ceremony at the Anderson Sports and Health Center on campus.

Forbes received the Occupational Therapy Curricular Award that is presented to a graduating OT student who has demonstrated exemplary academic performance and leadership potential in the profession.

Bishop was awarded the Excellence in Field Work Award which is presented to students who consistently have above average performance in fieldwork, displays outstanding interpersonal skills and contributes to fieldwork sites by applying and integrating classroom learning.

Hearity received the Dr. Stephen L. Heater Leadership Award which is given to a graduating occupational therapy student who exemplifies the qualities of leadership modeled by Dr. Heater, including creativity, dynamic vision and exceptional conceptual skills.

For more information about the occupational therapy program at Misericordia University, please log on to or call (570) 674-6400. Founded and Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 37 degree programs in three colleges in full- and part-time formats.


Dr. Lalit Shah, professor of occupational therapy at Misericordia University, center, poses with graduating students, from left, Laine Bishop, Stephanie Forbes and Mary Herity after presenting them with their awards.