Honorary Alumni Award
“I think I’m about to break into tears,” was the reaction Kathy Robinson had when Graceland called to invite her to accept the Honorary Alumni Award.
As a child, she dreamed of following in the footsteps of her aunts and uncles who had attended the official college of the RLDS faith. In fact, that was her plan up until the time she was to enter college. Robinson’s passion was for nursing, but Graceland’s four-year nursing program was not quite ready, so she attended Central Missouri State University.
Robinson was born in Iowa, moved to Illinois and now lives in Independence, Missouri. She was prompted at eight years old to answer the call and mission of the church to take the good news and professional health care around the world. She thought she would be a nurse in Africa, but, as fate would have it, she didn’t get to Africa until she was 65 years old.
Robinson never married, but, in her words, “I chose to marry my profession.” What a marriage it’s been. Robinson earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Central Missouri State University and returned to teach at her alma mater after completing a master’s degree in community mental health nursing. At the age of 29, she became the dean of the School of Nursing. She wrapped up the last 20 years of her career as an assistant director of nursing at the University of Kansas Hospital before retiring in 2011.
A fifth-generation member of the Community of Christ, Robinson will soon step down from its Standing High Council. Over the years, she has served on a number of other church-related boards including Outreach International and the Nurses Association. Today, she continues to serve on the board of the church Health Ministries Association and the Graceland School of Nursing Advisory Board.
It was just in the last few years that Robinson was thrilled to have the opportunity to travel with Outreach International to Malawi in Africa and Honduras with the Health Ministries Association.
Kathy Robinson has enjoyed a lifetime of service to her church, country and the world. Graceland University could not be prouder to add her to the ever-growing Graceland family as an Honorary Alumna.