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Samuel Merritt University's 2014 Commencement ceremonies took place on Friday, May 23rd at The Paramount Theatre in Oakland. A 9:30 AM ceremony was held for Doctor of Physical Therapy, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine and Doctor of Nursing Practice program graduates. A 1:30 PM ceremony was held for graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN and ABSN programs), Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Occupational Therapy, and Master Physician Assistant programs.

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2014 Commencement Speaker
Doctoral Ceremony
A Cincinnati native, Dr. Brad Wenstrup graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1980. He received his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from the William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in 1985 and completed a podiatric surgical residency at Thorek Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago. Brad returned to Cincinnati where he has successfully practiced for the past 26 years. Brad has served in the U.S. Army Reserves since 1998  and currently holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. In 2005 - 2006, Dr. Wenstrup served a tour as a combat surgeon and was awarded the Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge for his service. In 2012, Dr. Wenstrup ran successfully for the U.S. House of Representatives becoming the first podiatrist elected to Congress. Brad serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the Committee on Veteran's Affairs where he is working to help returning service members transition to civilian life. During his time in Congress, Brad is also fulfilling his reserve duties by treating patients at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Bachelor and Masters Ceremony
Paula Braveman, MD, MPH is Professor of Family and Community Medicine and Director of the Center on Social Disparities in Health at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). For more than 25 years, Dr. Braveman has studied and published extensively on health equity and the social determinants of health, and has worked to bring attention to these issues in the U.S. and internationally. Her research has focused on measuring, documenting, understanding, and addressing socioeconomic and racial/ethnic disparities, particularly in maternal and infant health. During the 1990s she collaborated with World Health Organization staff in Geneva to develop a global initiative on equity in health and health care. She has been the Research Director for a national commission on the social determinants of health in the U.S. supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Throughout her career, she has collaborated with local, state, federal, and international health agencies to see rigorous research translated into practice with the goal of achieving greater equity in health. She was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 2002 and has served on the Advisory Council of the National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities of NIH.

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