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Almost 600 to graduate from UTHSC this May (5-09-01)

Five hundred and ninety-three University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio students are expected to receive degrees May 25 and 26, as they move the tassels on their mortarboards from right to left and begin their careers as health care professionals.

The first graduation ceremony is scheduled for 5 p.m. Friday, May 25, in the Health Science Center auditorium. Ninety-eight students from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences will receive the master of science, doctor of philosophy or doctor of pharmacy diploma.

At 9:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, May 26, an expected 194 seniors from the Medical School will graduate at Trinity University's Laurie Auditorium.

The guest speaker will be Dr. Andrew A. Sorensen, president of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Dr. Sorensen also is professor of health policy and epidemiology for the college of community health sciences at Alabama. He has two bachelor's degrees one in history from the University of Illinois and a second in ethics from Yale University. In addition, Dr. Sorensen holds a master of public health from the University of Michigan and a master and a doctor of philosophy in medical sociology from Yale.

Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Laurie Auditorium, family and friends will watch as an expected 86 doctor of dental surgery diploma candidates and 19 postgraduate specialty certificate candidates cross the stage during the Dental School commencement.

Guest speaker for the dental ceremony will be Dr. Robert Anderton, president of the American Dental Association (ADA). Dr. Anderton, who practices general dentistry in Carrollton, Texas, has served as an ADA trustee as well as director, vice president and president of the Texas Dental Association. He was Dentist of the Year in Dallas County in 1993. Dr. Anderton also holds a law degree and consults with doctors in cases of alleged malpractice, torts and other cases.

At 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon, the School of Nursing commencement begins in the Laurie Auditorium. An expected 79 students will receive their bachelor of science in nursing degrees, while 37 master of science in nursing candidates and four doctor of philosophy in nursing candidates from August and December will be recognized.

The nursing commencement speaker is Dr. M. Elizabeth Carnegie, an octogenarian recognized as a living legend in the field of nursing. Dr. Carnegie formally retired more than 20 years ago following a distinguished career in clinical nursing, teaching, administration (including the deanship at the Florida A&M College School of Nursing), and publishing (senior editor for Nursing Outlook and editor for Nursing Research). She now lives in Chevy Chase, Md., and does scientific writing and consulting, and has been a distinguished visiting professor at more than a dozen universities across the country.

At 7 p.m. Saturday, May 26, the School of Allied Health Sciences will be the focus of the final UTHSCSA spring commencement ceremony at Laurie Auditorium. Ninety-nine students are expected to receive degrees and certificates.

Guest speaker will be Dr. Fernando A. Guerra, director of health for the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, and a practicing pediatrician. Dr. Guerra is the founding medical director of the now federally qualified Community and Migrant Health Center the Barrio Clinic. He received his medical degree from the U. T. Medical Branch at Galveston and his master of public health from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Contact: Natalie Gutierrez