May 17, 2002
Volume XXXV, No. 20




UTHSC graduation ceremonies set for May 23, 25

More than 600 students are expected to receive degrees May 23 and 25 from the five schools at the Health Science Center. Times, dates, locations and information on commencement speakers for each ceremony are listed below.

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences — 5 p.m. Thursday, May 23, UTHSC auditorium

Approximately 35 students will receive the master of science, doctor of philosophy or doctor of pharmacy diploma. Dr. William Brinkley, dean and vice president of the graduate school at Baylor College of Medicine, will deliver the commencement address. Dr. Brinkley earned his Ph.D. from Iowa State University in 1964. He is the recipient of a Merit Award from the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, where he has received continuous funding for more than 27 years for his research on cell division and genomic instability in tumor cells. Sam Houston State University, Iowa State University and The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center have recognized him as a distinguished alumnus.

School of Allied Health Sciences — 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 25, Laurie Auditorium at Trinity University, 715 Stadium Drive

Fifty-three students are expected to receive degrees and 68 will receive certificates from the School of Allied Health Sciences. Dr. David Gibson, dean of the Health-Related Professions School at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), will be the commencement speaker. Dr. Gibson earned his master of arts in general professional education in 1981 and his doctorate in higher education administration and supervision in 1992 from Seton Hall University. He has been with UMDNJ since 1975.

School of Medicine — 1 p.m. Saturday, May 25, Laurie Auditorium at Trinity University

Approximately 190 students will receive degrees from the School of Medicine. The guest speaker will be Dr. Jerome P. Kassirer, special assistant to the dean of Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Kassirer also is a distinguished professor at Tufts and is an adjunct professor of medicine at Yale University School of Medicine. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Dr. Kassirer earned his M.D. degree magna cum laude from the University of Buffalo. He has published numerous original research and clinical studies, textbook chapters and books on nephrology, medical decision-making and the diagnostic process. He was the 38th editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine from 1991 to 1999.

Dental School — 4:30 p.m. May 25, Laurie Auditorium at Trinity University

Approximately 85 students will receive doctor of dental surgery diplomas and 19 will receive postgraduate specialty certificates from the Dental School. Dr. Dushanka Kleinman, chief dental officer of the U.S. Public Health Service, will deliver the commencement address. Dr. Kleinman graduated from the University of Illinois College of Dentistry. In 1991 she was appointed deputy director of the National Institutes of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Kleinman has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Surgeon General's Exemplary Service Medal.

School of Nursing — 7:30 p.m. May 25, Laurie Auditorium at Trinity University

An expected 121 students will receive their bachelor of science in nursing degrees, 34 students will receive their master of science in nursing degrees and eight will receive their doctor of nursing degrees. The nursing commencement speaker will be Brig. Gen. Sue Ellen Turner, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), former director of the Nurse Corps. Brig. Gen. Turner is a 30-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force. She earned her R.N. from Presbyterian-St. Luke's Hospital School of Nursing in 1965, her bachelor of science in nursing from Incarnate Word College in 1973 and her master of educational psychology degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1978. As director of the Nurse Corps, she represented nearly 23,000 men and women who provided nursing care, on the ground and in the air, during times of peace and war. She holds the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit Award with One Oak Leaf Cluster, and several other decorations.