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School of Health Professions graduates 123 at commencement

School of Health Professions graduates 123 at commencement
(From left) Physician assistant studies graduates Anna Lee Peterson, Natalie Anne Polizopoulos-Wilson, and Michelle Dye

This story was originally posted on Center Times Plus on Jan. 2.


The UT Southwestern School of Health Professions awarded 123 degrees on Sunday, Dec. 9, celebrating the hard work and dedication of the latest class of graduates who will begin their careers in a variety of health professions.

The School, established in 1968, celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2018 and has long produced outstanding graduates who quickly gain employment upon completion of their respective programs.

Keynote speaker and Professor Emeritus Dr. Gordon Green commented: “This commencement ceremony is full of meaning for me, as it represents the passing of 12 years since I stepped down as Dean of the School of Health Professions and over a quarter century since I first became Dean. Since then, there have been many changes in preparation for practice in the health professions.

“But my advice to graduates remains much the same: Continue to learn, as the world and your fields of health care are continually changing; you have an obligation to teach, mentoring both patients and those who will join you in the work of health care; and you should strive to serve your patients and communities well.”

Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky, President of UT Southwestern, and Dr. Jon Williamson, Dean of the School of Health Professions and a Distinguished Teaching Professor, presented degrees and certificates that included doctorates in physical therapy; master’s degrees in clinical nutrition, clinical rehabilitation counseling, physician assistant studies, and prosthetics-orthotics; and postbaccalaureate certificates in radiation therapy.

Dr. Kim Hoggatt Krumwiede, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for the School of Health Professions and a Distinguished Teaching Professor, provided program descriptions. School of Health Professions alumnus Nate Foreman, President of Foreman Therapy Services, offered opening words and concluded the ceremony with the charge to the graduates. 

Dr. Gordon Green (right) and his wife, Jeanne Green.
Dr. Green (right), and his wife, Jeanne Green.
Dr. Gordon Green delivering keynote speech.
Dr. Green delivers keynote speech.
Dr. Jon Williamson
Dr. Jon Williamson, Dean of the School of Health Professions
Nate Foreman, President of Foreman Therapy Services
School of Health Professions alumnus Nate Foreman
Left to right: Kelly Suzanne Millay (Prosthetics-Orthotics ) Elizabeth Anne O’Briant (Prosthetics-Orthotics)
Left to right: Ashley Mary Attanucci, Patrice “Patty” Stephens
Left to right: Kelly Suzanne Millay (Prosthetics-Orthotics ) Elizabeth Anne O’Briant (Prosthetics-Orthotics)
Left to right: Kelly Suzanne Millay, Elizabeth Anne O’Briant
Left to right: Kelly Suzanne Millay (Prosthetics-Orthotics ) Elizabeth Anne O’Briant (Prosthetics-Orthotics)
Left to right: Dr. Laurette Dekat, Michelle Dye
Nate Foreman (left), Dean Dr. Williamson, Associate Dean Kim Hoggatt Krumwiede and other faculty members during commencement
Nate Foreman (left), Dean Dr. Williamson, Associate Dean Kim Hoggatt Krumwiede and other faculty members
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