The University of Tennessee Health Science Center will graduate 779 new health care professionals at separate ceremonies for each of its six colleges from May 12 through May 27.
The 779 graduates include:
- 123 from the College of Dentistry
- 77 from the College of Graduate Health Sciences
- 188 from the College of Health Professions
- 158 from the College of Medicine
- 81 from the College of Nursing
- 152 from the College of Pharmacy
The graduation ceremonies scheduled are:
- The College of Pharmacy, 2 p.m., May 12, at the Orpheum Theater, 203 S. Main Street.
- The College of Graduate Health Sciences, 11 a.m., May 16, at the Halloran Centre for Performing Arts and Education, 203 S. Main Street.
- The College of Dentistry, 10 a.m., May 20, in the Memphis Cook Convention Center Ballroom, 255 N. Main Street.
- The College of Nursing, 1 p.m., May 20, in the Memphis Cook Convention Center Ballroom, 255 N. Main Street.
- The College of Health Professions, 4 p.m., May 20, in the Memphis Cook Convention Center Ballroom, 255 N. Main Street. (The Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology in the College of Health Professions is located in Knoxville, and will hold its graduation ceremony at 11 a.m., May 12, in the James Cox Auditorium there.)
- The College of Medicine, 10 a.m., May 27, in the Memphis Cook Convention Center South Hall, 255 N. Main Street.
This spring’s graduating class is comprised of 462 women and 317 men. Reflective of the diversity in Tennessee, 20 percent of the graduates are from underrepresented groups. The class includes 197 graduates who came from out of state to study at UTHSC.
“We’re proud of our graduates,” said Lori Gonzalez, PhD, vice chancellor for Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs. “We know that these individuals will positively impact health care as they become practitioners or providers.”
Dr. Gonzalez noted that this year’s graduating class of 779 is a significant increase in number over last year’s class of 698 graduates. “UTHSC is committed to improving the health of Tennesseans, as evidenced by the increased number of graduates – an increase of roughly 10 percent over last year,” she said.
“Our mission is to improve the health of the citizens of Tennessee, and these graduates are not only going to do that, they’re going to become leaders in their communities.”