UND School Of Medicine And Health Sciences Commencement Is Sunday

The University of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine and Health Sciences will confer the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree on 61 candidates during commencement ceremonies Sunday, May 13, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium on the UND campus in Grand Forks.

Judy DeMers, R.N., B.S.N., M.Ed., associate professor emerita of family and community medicine and longstanding former associate dean of Student Affairs and Admissions at the medical school, will deliver the keynote address titled “The Meaning of Success.” She has served North Dakota and UND as a nurse, health educator, and administrator. In addition, she represented her constituents with distinction in both the North Dakota Senate and House of Representatives. The North Dakota Women’s Network named DeMers Woman of the Year in October 2011.

The graduates have completed four years of medical education to earn the M.D. degree, beginning with two years of instruction at the UND campus in Grand Forks, followed by two years learning and working with practicing physicians who serve as their teachers in hospitals and clinics throughout the state.

The UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences currently has 252 students enrolled in the four-year Doctor of Medicine program and is recognized as the national leader in producing family physicians.

Schedule for 2012 medical school commencement activities May 13:

Awards Luncheon — 11 a.m., Alerus Center, Ballroom 5, 1200 42nd Street South, Grand Forks, N.D. Tickets are $15 each, must be purchased in advance, and can be obtained through the Office of the Dean by calling (701) 777-2516 or by sending a request and check (no cash can be accepted) to:

Office of the Dean
UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences
501 North Columbia Road Stop 9037
Grand Forks, ND 58202-9037
Please note: Make checks payable to “UND Alumni Association”

Commencement Ceremony — 2:30 p.m., Chester Fritz Auditorium

Keynote Speaker: Judy L. DeMers, RN, BSN, MEd, Associate Professor Emerita of Family and Community Medicine and former Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Keynote Address: “The Meaning of Success”

Physician Assistant graduation
Also, the medical school  will confer the Master of Physician Assistant Studies (M.P.A.S.) degree during commencement ceremonies at 1:30 p.m., on Saturday, May 12, in the Alerus Center. Fifty-five candidates will receive the degree. They are the 38th class to graduate from the UND Physician Assistant (PA) Program. The graduates also will participate in a special hooding ceremony on Friday, May 11.

The medical school has more than 1,600 graduates from the PA program. For a complete list of graduates, please visit http://bit.ly/JpIngR.

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UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Denis MacLeod, assistant director
Office of Alumni and Community Relations
UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences