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Briscoe to give keynote address at Graduate School commencement (5-20-99)

Former Gov. Dolph Briscoe, Jr. will be the invited speaker Friday (May 21) as more than 70 students receive Ph.D. and other advanced degrees from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

The 1999 class is the largest in the Graduate School's 27-year history.

Gov. Briscoe will discuss science's potential to positively impact human health, particularly in South Texas. The Uvalde rancher served as governor from 1973 to 1979, and he is a tireless supporter of the Health Science Center. The university's library is named in his honor.

Twenty-one Graduate School students are candidates for the prestigious Doctor of Philosophy degree (Ph.D.) certifying them as scholars in their areas of study. These graduates represent the fields of biochemistry, cell biology, microbiology, molecular medicine, nursing, pharmacology, physiology and radiological sciences. Ten other graduates whose Ph.D. degrees were conferred in August or December 1998 also will be recognized.

Twenty-eight students are candidates for the Doctor of Pharmacy degree (Pharm.D.), offered in conjunction with the College of Pharmacy at U. T. Austin. Fifty-three students whose Pharm.D. degrees were conferred in August or December 1998 will be honored as well.

Twenty-five Master of Science recipients in seven fields--biochemistry, dental diagnostic science, microbiology, molecular medicine, periodontics, physiology and prosthodontics--will be recognized.

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences graduates students in August, December and May, with recognition provided at the single May commencement. The Graduate School has conferred nearly 350 Ph.D. degrees since its founding in 1972.

Contact: Will Sansom