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Creighton graduates more than 1,800 at May 13 commencement

GraduatesMore than 1,800 graduates crossed the stage Saturday, May 13 to receive diplomas as the Creighton University Class of 2017. Ceremonies for the School of Medicine, College of Nursing, School of Dentistry and School of Pharmacy and Health Professions were at 9:30 a.m., followed by 1 p.m. ceremonies for the College of Arts and Sciences, Heider College of Business, College of Professional Studies, the School of Law and the Graduate School.

Paul FarmerPhysician, anthropologist and humanitarian Paul Farmer, MD, PhD, delivered the commencement addresses at both ceremonies and was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, for his work in fostering international social justice and developing sustainable health care in underserved areas of the globe. Farmer is the author of several books about the developing world and the ways and means by which diseases, both medical and social, can be combatted there. He is the Kolokotrones University Professor at Harvard University, where he earned his medical degree and doctor of philosophy in medical anthropology, Farmer is also an attending physician and chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Farmer is also editor-in-chief of Health and Human Rights Journal and is the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Adviser for Community-based Medicine Development and Affordability.

D K AgrawalThe 2017 Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Award for Teaching Achievement was presented to Devendra K. Agrawal, PhD, professor of internal medicine and Chair of the Department of Clinical and Translational Science in the School of Medicine. Agrawal has mentored hundreds of future Creighton clinicians and researchers during his 32-year tenure, always encouraging curiosity and new ways of thinking about some of the medical field’s most pernicious problems. He is also one of Creighton’s all-time leaders in grant funding and is currently at work on seven projects being funded by $15 million grants by the National Institutes of Health, but Agrawal sees his greatest contribution in helping engender the next generation of researchers. Presently, 30 students or postdoctoral researchers from 15 countries are at work in his laboratory.



Spirit of CreightonCreighton University College of Arts and Sciences graduate Nicholas Fischer, BS’17, was bestowed the University’s highest student honor, the Spirit of Creighton Award. The Spirit of Creighton Award has been conferred annually since 1955 and honors undergraduate, graduate and professional students who embody the University’s mission and values and who demonstrate exemplary initiative, character, enterprise and academic achievement.


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