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SMU Celebrates its 99th Commencement Ceremony

Samuel Merritt University

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Elizabeth Valente, 510.725.7980
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MEDIA RELEASE
May 27, 2011

SMU Celebrates its 99th Commencement Ceremony;
More than 600 Healthcare Providers Graduating

(Oakland, Calif.,  May 27, 2011) - Samuel Merritt University is expected to award more than 630 degrees at its 99th Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 27, 2011, at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland. The University graduated its first students in 1912 with a graduating size of 13.  The total for graduate degrees awarded this year will be almost 180 percent larger than a decade ago.

Why:     "This is a time of recognition and celebration for not only our graduates, but for everyone who supported our students in becoming healthcare providers," said John Garten-Shuman, Vice President of Enrollment and Student Services.  "Samuel Merritt University students are on their way to becoming the best providers committed to serving the communities which most need them.  It’s a validation of both the University’s excellent educational program and of the quality and dedication of our students."

Who:     Dr. Norweeta Milburn, Associate Research Psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at University of California, Los Angeles, will be the 2011 Commencement speaker.  Dr. Milburn's research is focused on the areas of mental health and drug abuse, and has most often centered on racial/ethnic minority populations and marginalized groups, including the homeless population.

When:  The ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m. for the Doctor of Physical Therapy and Doctor of Podiatric Medicine program graduates.  A 2:00 p.m. ceremony will be held for graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Occupational Therapy, and Master Physician Assistant programs.

Where:   Paramount Theatre 2025 Broadway, Oakland

Samuel Merritt University, located in Oakland, California, has been educating health science practitioners who are committed to making a positive difference in diverse communities since 1909. Nearly 1,400 students are enrolled at SMU, with campuses in Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco and San Mateo. The University offers an undergraduate degree in nursing; master's degrees in nursing, occupational therapy, and physician assistant; and doctoral degrees in nursing, physical therapy and podiatric medicine. For more information visit www.samuelmerritt.edu.