Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso held its first commencement and convocation ceremony for the second class of the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, the Class of 2014, Friday, May 16, at the Plaza Theatre.
The students began their journey in 2010 with El Paso’s four-year medical school when it was still a regional campus. The school received full stand-alone university status last year.
During the convocation ceremony, the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine students wearing academic regalia received special recognition during a hooding ceremony. The doctoral hood was placed on 53 doctoral degree candidates (medical students) signifying the student’s success in completing the graduate program.
The Gold-Headed Cane Award was presented to Michael Osborn. The recipient is selected jointly by students and faculty as the individual who best exemplifies attributes most desirable in the competent and caring physician. Christopher Trautman received the Dean’s Highest Academic Achievement Award. Five students received the M.D./M.P.H (masters in public health) degree.
Graduates in the Class of 2014 included military members who will begin military duties after graduation. Guest speaker for the event was Alicia Monroe, M.D., senior dean of education and senior vice president of academic and faculty development at Baylor College of Medicine.