SHERIDAN — Diane Carlson Evans, a former captain in the Army Nurse Corps who served in the Vietnam War and founded the Vietnam Women’s Memorial Foundation, will provide Sheridan College’s commencement address on May 16.
Sheridan College’s 66th annual commencement ceremony, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 1 p.m. inside the Bruce Hoffman Golden Dome.
Evans was the first woman in American history to lead a campaign to place a national monument in Washington, D.C., that recognized the contributions of the 265,000 women who served during the Vietnam War, according to her biography.
The noted bronze monument, portraying three women and a wounded soldier, was dedicated in November 1993, at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in the nation’s capital.
Evans has been a guest lecturer at more than 200 colleges, universities and high schools throughout the U.S. She has been awarded three honorary doctorate degrees from Carroll College in Montana, Haverford College in Pennsylvania and Sacred Heart University in Connecticut and is an active member in the veterans community.
Among her many achievements, Evans has earned the Advocate of the Year Award by the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs; the Governor’s Excellence award from the State of Minnesota; and the Outstanding Civic Achievement Award by the United Service Organizations in Washington, D.C.
Evans lives in Helena, Montana. Her husband, a veteran of the U.S. Army Medical Corps, is a surgeon at the VA Medical Center in Ft. Harrison, Montana.