On Friday, May 30, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) will graduate 672 health care professionals. The commencement ceremony will be held at 1:30 p.m. at FedExForum, 191 Beale Street. UTHSC Chancellor Steve J. Schwab, MD, will preside over the ceremony. UT System President Joe DiPietro will confer the degrees and give the charge to the graduates. To watch the events live, please use the following link, which works best in Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox browsers: http://www.uthsc.edu/studentlife/graduation/decgraduation.php
The 672 graduates are from all six of the UT Health Science Center’s colleges.
- 185 from the College of Allied Health Sciences;
- 74 from the College of Dentistry;
- 23 from the College of Graduate Health Sciences;
- 157 from the College of Medicine;
- 107 from the College of Nursing;
- 126 from the College of Pharmacy.
This year’s graduating class includes 75 African-Americans, 12 Latino-Americans, and 147 graduates who came from out of state to study at UTHSC. In addition, this graduating class comprises 411 women and 261 men. Sixteen of the out-of-state dentistry graduates are Arkansans who earned their doctoral degrees from the UT College of Dentistry. Arkansas students come to Tennessee to train as dentists because their state has no dental college.
For the second time, UTHSC College of Pharmacy Professor Brad Boucher will have the pleasure of presenting one of his children with a UTHSC medical degree. Andy Boucher, second oldest of three sons, will shake his father’s hand as he accepts his diploma and readies himself for his residency at Emory University in Atlanta, where he plans to specialize in neurosurgery. Two years ago, Professor Boucher’s oldest son, Alex, earned his MD credentials from UTHSC, accepting his diploma from his dad in front of a FedExForum audience of thousands. Dr. Alex Boucher is now a second-year resident in internal medicine-pediatrics at the University of Minnesota. Following his residency, he plans to undertake a fellowship in pediatric oncology. Youngest Boucher brother, Adam, is a second-year pharmacy student at UTHSC on the main campus in Memphis.
“My wife, Barb, and I feel incredibly blessed that our three sons have been able to pursue their passion within the world of health care at the University of Tennessee Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy. It is our hope that they will find great happiness in serving others throughout their respective careers,” Professor Boucher said.