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Creighton to graduate more than 1,800 in May 13 commencement exercises

The world will welcome more than 1,800 newly minted Creighton University graduates following commencement exercises at the CenturyLink Center Omaha, May 13.

Ceremonies for the School of Medicine, College of Nursing, School of Dentistry and School of Pharmacy and Health Professions will take place 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.

The Baccalaureate Mass will be held Friday, May 12 at 1 p.m., in the Kiewit Fitness Center on the Creighton campus.

Physician, anthropologist and humanitarian Paul Farmer, MD, PhD, will deliver commencement addresses at both ceremonies and be 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.

The 2017 Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Award for Teaching Achievement will be 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.

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