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Commencement exercises to begin May 22 (5/14/98)

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences will kick off this year's graduation parade for The University of Texas Health Science Center with an on-campus ceremony at 5 p.m. Friday, May 22. Other schools will follow suit a day later in Trinity University's Laurie Auditorium.

More than 600 students are candidates for graduation at the Health Science Center this year. The commencement ceremony times are:

  • Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Friday, May 22, 5 p.m., Health Science Center Auditorium
  • Medical School, Saturday, May 23, 10 a.m., Laurie Auditorium, Trinity University
  • School of Nursing, Saturday, May 23, 1:30 p.m., Laurie Auditorium, Trinity University
  • Dental School, Saturday, May 23, 4 p.m., Laurie Auditorium, Trinity University
  • School of Allied Health Sciences, Saturday, May 23, 7 p.m., Laurie Auditorium, Trinity University
The distinguished speakers are:
  • School of Nursing, Dr. Rheba de Tornyay, professor and dean emeritus at the School of Nursing, The University of Washington;
  • Medical School, Dr. Carlos Pestana, recently retired associate dean for academic affairs in the Health Science Center's Medical School and professor of surgery;
  • Dental School, Dr. Harold Slavkin, director of the National Institute of Dental Research;
  • Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Dr. Kenneth Shine, president of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and professor of medicine emeritus at the UCLA School of Medicine;
  • School of Allied Health Sciences, Dr. John Trufant, the Catharine and R. Winfield Ellis - Philip N. Jones, MD, Professor of University Affairs at Rush University/Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago.
About 185 seniors will be conferred advanced degrees by the Medical School, 81 by the Dental School and 50 by the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

The School of Allied Health Sciences will hold the largest graduation, conferring 200 degrees and certificates, and the School of Nursing will confer 89 degrees. Students at the Health Science Center may earn the doctor of philosophy degree (PhD), the doctor of medicine degree (MD), the doctor of dental surgery degree (DDS), as well as master's degrees in many disciplines, baccalaureate degrees and certificates. In conjunction with The University of Texas at Austin's College of Pharmacy, students may earn the doctor of pharmacy degree (PharmD).

Contact: Will Sansom (210) 567-2570