UTHealth commencement ceremonies begin May 4

Published May 01, 2013 by Alexandria Bland


HOUSTON – (May 1, 2013) –  State leaders and renowned health professionals will address students, faculty, staff and guests in the coming weeks when the six professional schools at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) hold 2013 commencement ceremonies, graduating nearly 1,100 students. James H. “Red” Duke, Jr., M.D., UTHealth’s John B. Holmes Professor of Clinical Sciences; and David Dewhurst, Lieutenant Governor of Texas, are among this year’s commencement speakers. Detailed information for each commencement ceremony is listed below:

The University of Texas School of Public Health
When: 2 p.m. Saturday, May 4
Where: Bayou City Event Center, 9401 Knight Road
Number of graduates: 412
Commencement speaker: David Dewhurst, Lieutenant Governor of Texas

UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics
When: 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 8
Where: Fayez S. Sarofim Research Building, Beth Robertson Auditorium, 1825 Pressler Street
Number of graduates: 23
Commencement speaker: Kevin M. Fickenscher, M.D., President and CEO of American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)

UTHealth School of Nursing
When: 7 p.m. Friday, May 10
Where: George R. Brown Convention Center, Exhibit Hall B3, 1001 Avenida de las Americas
Number of graduates: 202
Commencement speaker: James H. “Red” Duke, Jr., M.D., John B. Holmes Professor of Clinical Sciences at the UTHealth Medical School and trauma surgeon at Memorial Hermann Texas Trauma Institute

Note: The School of Nursing also will host an awards and pinning ceremony at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 9 at the Bayou City Event Center, 9401 Knight Road. PARTNERS provides pins for all undergraduate nursing students.

UTHealth School of Dentistry
When: 2 p.m. Friday, May 24
Where: University of Houston – Cullen Performance Hall, 4800 Calhoun
Number of graduates: 86 DDS students, 34 Dental Hygiene students and 37 Advanced Education students
Commencement speaker: Robert A. Faiella, D.M.D., President of the American Dental Association

UTHealth Medical School
When: 4 p.m. Friday, May 31
Where: George R. Brown Convention Center, Assembly Hall, 1001 Avenida de las Americas
Number of graduates: 236
Commencement speaker: Cheves M. Smythe, M.D., Dean Emeritus of the UTHealth Medical School

Graduates and their guests are encouraged to share their commencement photos and experiences on Twitter by using the hashtag #UTHealthGrad.