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May 13, 2013
Doretta Royer 315 464-4833

Upstate Medical University to hold Commencement May 19

SYRACUSE, N.Y.— Upstate Medical University will award 502 degrees and seven professional certificates to graduates of the university’s colleges of Graduate Studies, Health Professions, Medicine, and Nursing during Commencement ceremonies Sunday, May 19. Each college will hold its own Commencement ceremony that day to individually recognize graduates.

Aaron Ciechanover, MD, DSc., and David A. Clayton, PhD, will receive honorary doctor of science degrees and speak at the College of Medicine Commencement ceremony at 9 a.m. at Crouse Hinds Theater at the John H. Mulroy Civic Center at Oncenter, 421 Montgomery St., Syracuse. They will also speak at the College of Graduate Studies Commencement ceremony at noon in the Medical Alumni Auditorium in Weiskotten Hall, 766 Irving Ave., Syracuse.

Ciechanover is Distinguished Research Professor of the Cancer and Vascular Biology Research Center, The Rappaport Faculty of Medicine and Research Institute at the Technion–Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel. He, with his collaborators, Avram Hershko, MD, PhD, and Irwin Rose, PhD, received the 2004 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of ubiquitin mediated protein degradation that revolutionized today’s approach to treating cancer and that created new pathways to develop more effective therapies for neurodegenerative disorders and other genetic diseases.

Clayton is laboratory head at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Farm Research Campus in Ashburn, Va. Clayton has explored the molecular aspects of mitochondrial genome organization, maintenance, and expression in various mammalian cell types which has led to an understanding of the modes of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) replication and transcription and the identification of key trans-acting proteins encoded by nuclear genes. Recent investigations in this field have pointed to the importance of mitochondrial function in a variety of critical cell signaling pathways.

Upstate will host a pre-commencement Dessert Reception for graduates and their families Saturday, May 18 from 8 to 11 p.m. in the Tiffany Ballroom at the Genesee Grande Hotel, 1050 E. Genesee St.

College of Medicine

The College of Medicine will confer 177 degrees and one certificate: 146 MD, 28 MPH. (master of public health), two MD/PhD (conferred jointly with the College of Graduate Studies); one MD/MPH, and one Public Health certificate. The ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. at the Civic Center’s Crouse Hinds Theater. A reception will immediately follow in the lobby of the Campus Activities Building (C.A.B.) 155 Elizabeth Blackwell St., Syracuse.

College of Graduate Studies

The College of Graduate Studies will award 26 degrees: 19 PhD, seven MS. The ceremony will be held at noon in the Medical Alumni Auditorium in Weiskotten Hall, 766 Irving Ave, Syracuse. A reception will immediately follow in the main lobby of Weiskotten Hall.

College of Health Professions

The College of Health Professions will award 173 degrees: 70 BS, 34 MS, 10 BPS. (bachelor of professional studies) and 59 DPT (doctorate of physical therapy). Two MD/PhD degrees will be conferred jointly with the College of Medicine. The ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. at the Crouse Hinds Theater at the John Mulroy Civic Center, 421 Montgomery St., Syracuse.. A reception will immediately follow in the lobby of the Campus Activities Building (C.A.B.), 155 Elizabeth Blackwell St., Syracuse.

College of Nursing

The College of Nursing will award 126 degrees and six certificates: 39 BS, 87 MS, and six post-master’s certificates. The ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. in the Civic Center’s Crouse Hinds Theater. A reception will immediately follow in the lobby of the Campus Activities Building (C.A.B.) 155 Elizabeth Blackwell St., Syracuse.

For more information about Commencement, visit: http://www.upstate.edu/currentstudents/events/commencement/

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