Senator CollettPennsylvania Sen. Maria Collett, who represents the 12th District across parts of Bucks and Montgomery counties, will deliver the keynote address at Salus University’s 119th Commencement at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, Oct.15, at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

A lifelong advocate for people in need, Sen. Collett began her career as an attorney representing the interests of children victimized by abuse and neglect as a Deputy Attorney General in Camden County, N.J. She then transitioned into a career in nursing, where she worked at the bedside as a Level I trauma nurse, in pediatric home health and in long-term care working with aging adults. Most recently, Sen. Collett worked as a nurse educator, helping other nurses understand how to administer Medicaid programs.

“As a nurse and legislator, I am honored to celebrate this significant milestone and to offer the keynote address to the caring and skilled healthcare professionals that will serve our communities for years to come,” said Sen. Collett.

The University will bestow doctoral and master’s degrees in the professions of Physician Assistant Studies, Audiology, Blindness and Low Vision Studies, Biomedicine, Occupational Therapy, Public Health and Clinical Optometry with an International Advanced Studies Certificate.

Sen. Collett said she is committed to making sure Pennsylvanians have clean, safe drinking water and access to quality, affordable healthcare. She is passionate about making sure there are fair elections, common sense gun safety regulations and an economy that works for all Pennsylvanians.

Sen. Collett and Dr. Mittelman in Virtual Reality Lab
Sen. Collett and Dr. Mittelman during her campus visit in May.

Her district includes representing more than 247,000 residents in Ambler, Bryn Athyn, Hatboro, Hatfield, North Wales, Souderton and Telford boroughs and Franconia, Hatfield, Horsham, Lower Moreland, Lower Gwynedd, Montgomery, Upper Gwynedd, Upper Moreland, Upper Southampton, Warminster and Warrington townships.

Sen. Collett earned a Bachelor of Arts. in English literature from the University of Maryland at College Park and then went on to earn a Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers University School of Law and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree  from Drexel University. She and her husband Len, an attorney, live in Lower Gwynedd Township with their seven-year-old son August.