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5 Quick Things: Tuesday, May 12


The Colleges of Dentistry, Graduate Health Sciences, and Health Professions were originally scheduled to have their commencement ceremonies yesterday, but unfortunately they had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are excited for all of these graduates, and will be celebrating with them virtually! Congratulations, Class of 2020!

1. Congratulations to the College of Dentistry Graduates!


2. Congratulations to the College of Graduate Health Sciences Graduates!


3. Congratulations to the College of Health Professions Graduates!

4. UTHSC Advisory Board Meeting Friday

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s Advisory Board will hold a virtual meeting at 1:00 pm CDT this Friday, May 15.

Board members will be participating electronically or by telephone. Interested individuals are encouraged to watch the meeting online. Information to access the meeting is available at uthsc.edu/advisory-board/index.php.

Items on the Advisory Board agenda include:

  • Chancellor’s report
  • Review and approval of the FY 2021 campus budget
  • An update on UTHSC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Each UT campus across the state is served by an advisory board, as established by the UT FOCUS Act passed by the state legislature. For more information about the UTHSC Advisory Board and to read minutes from previous meetings or view webcasts, please go to uthsc.edu/advisory-board/index.php.

Individuals with a disability who wish to join this meeting may contact the ADA coordinator for the UTHSC Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 920 Madison Avenue, Suite 825, Memphis, 38163, telephone 901.448.7382 (V/TTY available), hsc-oed@uthsc.edu, to request services needed. Contact may be made in person, by writing, by email, by telephone, or otherwise.

5. Tennessee National Guard to Salute State’s Health Care Workers with Flyover Today

C-17 and KC-135 aircraft from the Tennessee Air National Guard will salute the state’s medical professionals and first responders during a statewide flyover today, Tuesday, May 12. Aircraft from the 164th Airlift Wing (C-17) in Memphis are scheduled to fly over UTHSC, the Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center, and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital at roughly 2:13 pm, CDT. The flyover, which is part of normal flight crew training and maintaining pilot proficiency, will coincide with National Nurses Week, which ends May 12. Other flyover locations include Haywood County, Tipton County, 901 Health, and Methodist Germantown.

“We are incredibly grateful to the men and women serving our state in the health care field. This flyover is a small token of our appreciation,” said Col. Jason Glass, Assistant Adjutant General, Tennessee Air National Guard. “When you look to the skies on Tuesday, remember to say thank you to the Tennesseans all across our state who are working to protect us from this virus.”

More than 963 Airmen and Soldiers have volunteered from the Tennessee National Guard in response to this pandemic.

“The response to this pandemic has required a team of teams approach combining multiple agencies in a unity of effort. Our National Guard team gets a chance to work alongside our civilian and state health care personnel every day,” said Maj. Gen. Jeff Holmes, Tennessee’s Adjutant General. “This flyover is our opportunity to acknowledge our interagency and civilian teammates vital service on the front lines of the battle.”