|M.D. commencement ceremony set for May 13|
Fifty-five senior medical students will receive the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree during the May 13 commencement ceremony for the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Open to the public, the ceremony begins at 3 p.m. at the Chester Fritz Auditorium. It will be officiated by President Charles Kupchella, and Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean H. David Wilson. State Board of Higher Education President John Q. Paulsen of Fargo will deliver greetings from the board.
The keynote address will be presented by Bret Haake, clinical professor of clinical neuroscience at the medical school and executive partner for neurology services with the MeritCare Medical Group, Fargo. His address is titled "The 'Value Equation.'"
Ten physician-faculty members have been invited to participate in the ceremony to receive the Dean's Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Volunteer Faculty. They are (by community):
Bismarck - Richard Arazi, clinical assistant professor of clinical neuroscience, and Brenda Miller, '95, clinical assistant professor of family and community medicine.
Fargo - Naveed Haider, (psychiatry residency program '99), clinical assistant professor of clinical neuroscience; Richard Marsden, (B.S. Med. '72), clinical associate professor of radiology; and Denise Rondeau, '94, clinical assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology.
Grand Forks - Lori Sondrol, '89, clinical professor of pediatrics, and Keith Swanson, '01, clinical assistant professor of internal medicine.
Mandan - William Altringer, '90, clinical associate professor of surgery.
Minot - Erdal Diri, clinical assistant professor of internal medicine, and Jay Kiessling, clinical assistant professor of surgery.
The ceremony will be broadcast over UND-TV (Channel 3 on Grand Forks cable system) at 12:30 a.m., noon and 8:30 p.m. May 22, 23, 24 and 25. A videotape or DVD of the ceremony may be purchased through the dean's office (701-777-3021 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Outstanding students and faculty members will be recognized during an awards luncheon set to begin at 11:30 a.m. May 13 at the UND Memorial Union. Tickets may be purchased through the dean's office (701-777-3021 or email@example.com).
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.
-- Shelley Pohlman, Asst. to the Director, Public Affairs, firstname.lastname@example.org, 701-777-4305