Commencement exercises remain unchanged
As commencement exercises near for graduating seniors,
misinformation has been circulating on campus regarding possible
changes to the event. The correct information is that the Health
Science Center will continue the tradition of holding separate
commencement events for each school.
The Health Science Center's Executive Committee for several years
explored ways to make the five schools become more cohesive and
multidisciplinary as a single health science university. The committee
focused this exploration on the Health Science Center's missions:
teaching, research, patient care and service. The thought was that a
single commencement ceremony, coupled with separate school
celebrations for graduating students, their families and friends,
would convey to graduates the concept that each health professional is
part of the health-care team. Selection of the commencement speaker,
and the speaker's comments, would further reinforce this idea.
At its April 18 meeting, the committee considered all the issues
surrounding commencement 2001 and decided that it is in the best
interest of the graduates, their families and friends to maintain the
tradition of holding separate commencement exercises for each school.
Each of the five Health Science Center schools will decide whether to
hold its commencement exercise at Laurie Auditorium or in the Health
Science Center's auditorium.