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Commencement 2014 will be on May 23rd at The Paramount Theatre in Oakland

 Samuel Merritt University's 2014 Commencement ceremonies will take 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 will be 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. Rehearsals will be held on Thursday, May 22nd.

See May 2013 photos here.
Read about the student award winners here.

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
To Be Announced

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If you have additional questions about Commencement, please contact the Office of Academic Affairs at 510.869.6744.

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