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University of Texas Medical Branch Announces Graduations

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GALVESTON, TX -- The School of Health Professions at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston celebrated its largest graduating class, with 305 students, at its Aug. 16 commencement ceremony.

Graduates included laboratory personnel, physician assistants, and physical, occupational and respiratory therapists, among others.

Elizabeth Protas, vice president and dean of the School of Health Professions, officiated the ceremony, held at Moody Gardens Convention Center in Galveston.

Degrees included bachelor and master of science degrees in clinical laboratory sciences; bachelor of science degrees in respiratory care; master of science degrees in occupational therapy, health professions and physician assistant studies; and doctoral degrees in physical therapy.

Chris Reading, president and chief executive officer of U.S. Physical Therapy, was the featured commencement speaker.

"These graduates represent an outstanding group of students, and I want to extend my heartfelt congratulations to them all," said Protas. "They will fill a vital role in the nation's changing health care landscape."

Established in 1968, the UTMB School Health Professions has educated more than 7,000 professionals who serve in the nation's health care workforce.

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