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University of Texas Medical Branch
News Release
Thursday, December 15, 2011

School of Health Professions to hold commencement Dec. 16

The School of Health Professions at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston anticipates 62 students will celebrate winter commencement, graduating with degrees in clinical laboratory sciences, respiratory care, physical therapy and physician assistant studies.

UTMB President Dr. David L. Callender will confer degrees at the 4 p.m. ceremony in Levin Hall Auditorium, 10th and Market streets, on Friday, Dec. 16. Elizabeth Protas, vice president and dean of the UTMB School of Health Professions, will officiate at the graduation.

Dr. Ben Raimer, senior vice president for Health Policy and Legislative Affairs at UTMB is the commencement speaker. Raimer is also a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Bonnie Broaddus Benkula is the 2011 Distinguished Alumna and Salah Ayachi, associate professor in the school’s physician assistant studies program, is the grand marshal.

“These graduates represent an outstanding group of students, and I want to extend my heartfelt congratulations to all of them,” said Protas. “They will fill a vital role in the nation’s changing health care landscape.”

Established in 1968, the UTMB School of Health Professions has educated more than 6,500 professionals who serve the nation’s health care workforce. The school helps meet the health care needs of communities by preparing students to enter such professions as physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant studies, clinical laboratory science and respiratory care.

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