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Keck School splits grad ceremonies

Keck School of Medicine graduates Megan Salinas, Christine Hyun, Jullyn Chargualaf and Rebecca La Riviere celebrate in Founders Park after commencement ceremonies.

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The Keck School of Medicine held two commencement ceremonies this year�one at the Shrine Auditorium for medical degree recipients and, for the first time, a separate ceremony for masters of science and doctorate recipients.

Frank Markland, associate dean for scientific affairs, said the separate ceremony, which addressed concerns that graduate students “were sort of lost in the medical student graduation. This way the graduate students get the feeling that the whole event is about them.� We hope to keep the ceremony here permanently now. “I thought the event went very well. There were more than 110 graduating students with Ph.D., M.P.H. and M.S. degrees. There were a few things we forgot and maybe the program was a little too long, but we will fine tune it next year. So, all in all, I was very pleased with how smoothly the ceremony went,” he said.

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