June 3, 2002



WHAT: The 31st annual UCSD School of Medicine commencement ceremony will honor 54 men and 42 women who will be awarded Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degrees from UCSD. One of the graduates also will receive a doctorate (Ph.D.).

WHEN: Sunday, June 9 (following times are approximate)

11 a.m. -- Faculty and student processional, opening
                ceremony and remarks

11:30 a.m. -- Keynote speaker

Noon -- Award presented

12:30 p.m. -- Degrees conferred

1:30 p.m. -- Recitation of Hippocratic oath, recessional

WHO: The Keynote speaker is Floyd Bloom, M.D., Adjunct Professor in Neurosciences at UCSD, Former Editor-in-Chief of Science Magazine, and Chairman, Department of Neuropharmacology at Scripps Research Institute. His speech is titled "Delay the Day of the Automated Doctor Machine."

WHERE: East Lawn of the School of Medicine (on the UCSD campus, Gilman Drive, between the Medical Teaching Facility and The Stein Clinical Research Center).


UCSD School of Medicine commencement is a family event. Family members and friends as well as UCSD School of Medicine faculty and staff attend the commencement. Graduates sometimes bring their children with them to the podium to receive their degrees. The conferring of degrees involves the students being "hooded" by a UCSD School of Medicine faculty member who served as their independent study chair, and Edward Holmes, M.D., dean of UCSD School of Medicine, and Robert Dynes, UCSD Chancellor, handing them their diplomas.

Among many other amazing students, this graduating class will include a Naval Officer from a submarine, an attorney and a new mother and newlyweds.

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Media Contact:
Eileen Callahan
Day of Event: Susan Bernal
(ask for her at event)

UCSD Health Sciences Communications HealthBeat: http://health.ucsd.edu/news/