(Los Angeles – May 22, 2015) Congresswoman Lois Capps (CA-24), a registered nurse and co-chair of the House Nursing Caucus, will deliver the keynote address at the UCLA School of Nursing commencement ceremonies on Saturday, June 13 at 8:30 am.  This year, 238 students from four programs – Bachelor of Science, Master's Entry Clinical Nurse, Advanced Practice Nurse and Doctoral — will receive their diplomas.

Congresswoman Capps has dedicated her career to helping people improve their lives through better schools and quality health care. Prior to becoming a respected and effective leader in Congress, she served her community as a public school nurse and educator.

"We are honored to have Congresswoman Capps, who exemplifies courageous nursing leadership, speak to our students," said Linda Sarna, interim dean, Professor and Lulu Wolf Hassenplug Endowed Chair at the UCLA School of Nursing. 

During her tenure as a nurse and public health advocate, thousands of children and families benefited from her leadership and care. Capps has used her extensive healthcare background to inform and shape her work in Congress.

As a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee and the Health Subcommittee, Congresswoman Capps has championed efforts to address our nursing shortage as well as led the fight to increase access to affordable health coverage for everyone. She is also the founder and co-chair of the House Nursing Caucus and co-chair of the Congressional Heart and Stroke Coalition.

She has successfully spearheaded and passed legislation to address the national nursing shortage, improve mental health services, provide emergency defibrillators to local communities, bring CPR instruction to schools, and improve Medicare coverage.

Congresswoman Capps graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington with a B.S. in Nursing with honors. She also earned an M.A. in Religion from Yale University while working as Head Nurse at Yale New Haven Hospital. Later she earned an M.A. in Education from UCSB and has received honorary doctorates from Pacific Lutheran University and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary.