The Texas A&M Health Science Center will host its 2016 commencement ceremonies in May at locations across the state.

The College of Nursing will hold the first commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 20, in Rudder Auditorium on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station. Established in 2008, the College of Nursing has graduated more than 650 students with Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees, and will graduate the college’s first students to earn Master of Science in Nursing degrees at this ceremony.

Commencement ceremonies for the College of Medicine and School of Public Health will be held in Rudder Auditorium on Saturday, May 21. The ceremony for School of Public Health graduates will begin at 9 a.m. and will feature Ginny Ehrlich, CEO at the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. Ehrlich also previously directed the childhood obesity prevention portfolio at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The ceremony for the College of Medicine will begin at 2 p.m. at Rudder Auditorium, preceded by a re-commissioning ceremony for those in the military at noon at the Sanders Corps of Cadets Center. The Commander of the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, Colonel Mark Thompson, will present remarks and assist with the commissioning of the five students who will be re-commissioned.

Timothy L. Tucker, Pharm.D., vice president of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and owner of City Drug Company, will be the featured speaker at the Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy’s commencement ceremony, which will be held on Saturday, May 21, at 2 p.m. at the Steinke Physical Education Center on the Texas A&M University-Kingsville campus.

The ceremony for the Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry will be held on Thursday, May 26, at 7:30 p.m. at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, and will feature Dr. Harold Slavkin, professor and dean emeritus of the University of Southern California Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry. Slavkin is considered one of the world’s leading authorities on craniofacial development and genetic birth defects.

Admission to all commencement ceremonies is free and does not require a ticket. For additional information, visit the Texas A&M University commencement website.

— Dominic Hernandez

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