Office of Strategic Advancement


May 20, 2015  

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science Holds 31st Commencement

Featured Keynote Speaker: Dr. Terrence James Roberts, Little Rock 9

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) has been working on increasing enrollment and growing its student body.  Those efforts are paying off. In fact, the increased enrollment has prompted the University to host its 31st Annual Commencement Ceremony at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.  Commencement for over 200 students begins at 9 a.m. on June 2, 2015 for graduates in the College of Science and Health (COSH), the Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing (MMDSON) and the College of Medicine (COM). The graduates have completed degrees and certificates in the following: Urban Public Health, Medicine, Advanced Practice Nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner and Entry Level Master’s in Nursing), Radiologic Technology, Pre-Medicine, Health and Life Sciences.

The keynote speech will be delivered by Dr. Terrence James Roberts, who was one of the Little Rock 9, students known for integrating public schools in Arkansas in 1957.

Each commencement ceremony honors individuals with special service to the University, the community or in the health field.  For this 31st Commencement, former board member Dr. Robert Tranquada has been selected to receive an Honorary Doctoral Degree and Dr. A. Eugene Washington former CDU Board Member and current Chancellor for Health Affairs and the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Duke University Health System, will receive the Board’s Medal of Honor.  CDU President, Dr. David M. Carlisle has determined that the late Dr. Gus Gill will receive the President’s Medal posthumously.

The StubHub Center is located at 18400 Avalon Boulevard, Carson CA, 90746, just 15 minutes south of CDU.  No tickets are necessary—seating is on the first come first served.   The event will be streamed live.  Please check for details.



About Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science

CDU is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian, medical and health sciences institution. Located in the Watts-Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, CDU has graduated more than 550 medical doctors, 2,700 post-graduate physicians, more than 1,200 physician assistants, 560 nurses and hundreds of other health professionals. CDU’s mission is to develop a diverse group of health professional leaders who seek social justice, promote wellness, provide care with excellence and compassion and are uniquely qualified to transform the health of underserved populations through outstanding education, research and clinical services in the context of community engagement.

For more information about the academic programs offered at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science visit or call (323) 563-4969.




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