Former U.S. Surgeon General Keynote Graduation Speaker at Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science
WHAT: Dr. David G. Satcher, the former U.S. surgeon general, will be the distinguished speaker at the 26th Annual Commencement Ceremony at Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science. Dr. Satcher has directed since 2006 The Satcher Health Leadership Institute, developed to foster a diverse group of public health leaders toward the goal of reducing and eliminating health disparities. He also was a former leader at the university. After heading the Department of Family Medicine, he was appointed interim dean in 1977 of what was known then as Charles R. Drew Postgraduate Medical School.
Dr. Satcher and his wife, Nola, have established an endowed scholarship at the university. Their original goal of $50,000 has been exceeded and they’re closing in on $100,000. The scholarship, called the M. Alfred Haynes Endowed Scholar Award, will be awarded during the ceremony to its first recipient.
Other notable guests: Dr. M. Alfred Haynes, president emeritus and a pioneer in addressing health disparities, Board of Medal Honor; Loretta Jones, director of Healthy African American Families II, a non-profit which strives to improve the health of African Americans, Latinos and other minorities in South Los Angeles, President’s Medal; Geraldine Burton-Branch, an esteemed physician, who has long served the South Los Angeles community, an honorary degree.
WHEN: Saturday, June 5
10 a.m. – noon
Dr. Satcher, who is expected to speak around 10:50 a.m. Saturday, will be available earlier for media interviews from 8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m., as well as immediately following the ceremony. He also can be interviewed on Friday, June 4, but please call or email first to check availability.
WHERE:Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science
1731 120th St.
Los Angeles CA 90059
WHO: The graduating class, their guests, the university’s alumni, faculty and administration.
Media Contact: Daryl Strickland (562) 229-4924 or email@example.com