FORMER U.S. SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES TO SPEAK AT COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY MAY 21

April 21, 2005

Former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Louis Sullivan, M.D., will speak at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth commencement ceremonies to 245 graduates.

The commencement ceremonies will take place May 21 at 2 p.m. at the Fort Worth Convention Center Arena. Tickets are not required for admission to the commencement ceremony, and there is no limit to the number of people a student may invite to the commencement. Commissioning ceremonies for students who will be joining the military will take place immediately following the commencement ceremony with Ronald Blanck, DO, president of the UNT Health Science Center, and military personnel officiating.

The guest speaker for the commencement ceremony, Dr. Sullivan, will also be receiving an honorary degree, doctor of public service, from the UNT Health Science Center.

Dr. Sullivan served as the Secretary of Health and Human Services during the first Bush administration from 1989 to 1993. He was only the second doctor to serve in that position.

While Dr. Sullivan may be best known for his tenure at Health and Human Services, he served as president of Morehouse School of Medicine for more than two decades. He played a crucial role in creating Morehouse School of Medicine, serving as the founding dean and director of the Medical Education Program at Morehouse College.

As a pioneer in the study of medical education for minority students, Dr. Sullivan continues to speak about health disparities in the United States today. Dr. Sullivan is currently working to develop a center at the Morehouse School of Medicine that will focus on the AIDS epidemic in Africa and study African-American health issues.

Dr. Sullivan was the founding president of the Association of Minority Health Professions Schools. He is also the former host of the public television series Frontiers of Medicine.

For more information about the commencement ceremony, visit the website at http://www.hsc.unt.edu/students/?page_id=200312default.htm or contact the Registrarâ??s office at 817-735-2201. The Fort Worth Convention Center Arena is located at 1201 Houston Street in Fort Worth.

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Contact: Kay Colley 817-735-2553, cell 817-980-5090, e-mail kacolley@hsc.unt.edu.

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