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Clara Maria Gomez-Sanchez of Madison, a graduate of the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Medicine, receives her diploma from UMMC Vice Chancellor and Dean of the School of Medicine James Keeton during commencement exercises May 23 at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson. Gomez-Sanchez received the Waller S. Leathers Award for the medical student with the highest academic average for four years.
Clara Maria Gomez-Sanchez of Madison, a graduate of the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Medicine, receives her diploma from UMMC Vice Chancellor and Dean of the School of Medicine James Keeton during commencement exercises May 23 at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson. Gomez-Sanchez received the Waller S. Leathers Award for the medical student with the highest academic average for four years.

In largest commencement ever, UMMC confers 846 degrees to health-care and science professionals

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JACKSON, Miss. – A record 846 physicians, dentists, nurses, allied health professionals and graduate students in the health sciences were awarded degrees during the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s 58th Commencement, held May 23 at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson.   

Thousands gathered to cheer on loved ones and share in the celebration of the University of Mississippi Medical Center's 58th annual commencement ceremonies May 23 at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson. A record 846 students received degrees in the health professions.
Thousands gathered to cheer on loved ones and share in the celebration of the University of Mississippi Medical Center's 58th annual commencement ceremonies May 23 at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson. A record 846 students received degrees in the health professions.

University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones and Dr. James Keeton, UMMC vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine, presided over the ceremony in which the following degrees were conferred:

• In the School of Medicine, 130 graduates received the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree.

• In the School of Dentistry, 36 graduates earned the Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) degree.

• In the School of Nursing, 323 graduates received degrees – the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree was awarded to 256 graduates, 61 earned the Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) degree, and six earned the Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) degree.

• In the School of Health Related Professions, 287 graduates received degrees - the Doctorate in Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) was awarded to 60 graduates, the Master’s in Occupational Therapy (M.O.T.) was awarded to 38 graduates, the Master of Science (M.S.) degree was awarded to 31 graduates in health sciences, and two graduates in health informatics and information management. The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree was awarded to 59 in radiologic sciences, 27 in dental hygiene, 28 in medical laboratory science, 33 in health sciences, seven in cytotechnology, and two in health informatics and information management.

Mechelle Keeton of Jackson is hooded by her father, University of Mississippi Medical Center Vice Chancellor James Keeton, as she receives her Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Health Sciences during commencement ceremonies May 23 at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson.
Mechelle Keeton of Jackson is hooded by her father, University of Mississippi Medical Center Vice Chancellor James Keeton, as she receives her Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Health Sciences during commencement ceremonies May 23 at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson.

• In the School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences, 24 graduates were presented the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree, and 46 received the Master of Science (M.S.) degree.

“It’s a thrilling moment to see a person begin a new chapter as a health-care professional,” Keeton told the graduates, reminding them they’re at only the beginning of their learning process.

Said Jones: “It’s good to know that there’s a new generation … that we can now look to for care. You share a common legacy with all who have gone before you: a mark of quality.”


Thousands cheered as jubilant graduates crossed the stage to receive their diplomas. “Go, mama!” one audience member yelled. Others were just as passionate. “Alleluia! Thank you, Jesus!” screamed another.

The six students who received top honors were:

•  Clara Maria Gomez-Sanchez of Madison, who received the Waller S. Leathers Award for the medical student with the highest academic average for four years;

  Rebecca Lynsey Cumberland of Florence, who received the Wallace V. Mann Award for the dental student with the highest academic average for four years;

•  Brennan Morris Williams of Brandon, who received the Christine L. Oglevee Memorial Award as the outstanding School of Nursing baccalaureate graduate;

•  Mindy Reed Lafayette of Saltillo, who received the Richard N. Graves Award given to the School of Nursing advanced-standing student deemed most outstanding in the areas of academic and clinical performance;

•  Katie Summers Fondren of Sidon, who received the Dr. Virginia Stansel Tolbert Award for the highest academic average in the School of Health Related Professions; and

•  Samuel Olusegun Adeosun of Ridgeland, who received the Charles Randall-Trustmark Award for outstanding research achievement in the School of Graduate Studies.
 

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Jonathan Buchanan of Carthage and Luke Campbell of Starkville smile as they stand at attention after receiving degrees from the School of Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center during ceremonies May 23 at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson. A record 846 students earned degrees in the health professions.
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New graduates of the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Nursing wait their turn to walk across the stage to claim their diplomas during commencement exercises May 23 at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson. A record 846 students received degrees in the health professions.
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Mechelle Keeton of Jackson is hooded by her father, University of Mississippi Medical Center Vice Chancellor James Keeton, as she receives her Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Health Sciences during commencement ceremonies May 23 at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson.
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Courtney Jo Weaver adjusts bow tie of classmate Hurtis Tullos
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Thousands gathered to cheer on loved ones and share in the celebration of the University of Mississippi Medical Center's 58th annual commencement ceremonies May 23 at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson. A record 846 students received degrees in the health professions.
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Dental students Connor Bills, Megan Blackman and Class Marshall John Wikle (Story about John Wikle found here: http://bit.ly/1ob7hIS)
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University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones encourages the 846 graduates of the University of Mississippi Medical Center to follow in the footsteps of other great health-care practitioners during commencement exercises May 23 at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson. The ceremony marked the  second consecutive record number of graduates at UMMC.
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Brennan Williams of Brandon, Class Marshal of the School of Nursing at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, accepts his diploma from School of Nursing Dean Dr. Kim Hoover during commencement exercises May 23 at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson. Williams earned a bachelor of science in nursing.
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Bradley Booth of Starkville, a bachelor's graduate of the School of Nursing at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, beams after receiving her diploma during commencement exercises May 23 at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson.
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Clara Maria Gomez-Sanchez of Madison, a graduate of the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Medicine, receives her diploma from UMMC Vice Chancellor and Dean of the School of Medicine James Keeton during commencement exercises May 23 at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson. Gomez-Sanchez received the Waller S. Leathers Award for the medical student with the highest academic average for four years.
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