May 10, 2013
Commencement Set for SIU Med School on May 18
Commencement exercises for the 39th graduating class of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine will be held at noon Saturday, May 18. The ceremony will be in the Sangamon Auditorium at the University of Illinois Springfield.
The Commencement speaker is former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar, who was the 38th governor of Illinois, serving from 1991-99. He currently is a distinguished fellow with the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois. [Listen to Edgar's speech]
Edgar has served in a variety of leadership roles, including president of the Council of State Governments, a member of the executive committee of the National Governors' Association and chairman of the Midwest Governors' Association. He also has been a resident fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Governor Edgar serves on a variety of civic and corporate board of directors and is president emeritus at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation.
Prior to becoming Governor, Edgar served as Secretary of State for 10 years and was elected to the Illinois House from Charleston in 1976. He earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Eastern Illinois University (1968).
During the ceremony, Amelia E. Frank, class chair from Springfield, will deliver remarks on behalf of the graduates. [Listen to Frank's speech] Dr. J. Kevin Dorsey, Ph.D., dean and provost, will award diplomas to the medical students. SIUC Chancellor Rita H. Cheng will confer the degrees. Several awards will be presented including the Distinguished Alumnus Award to Dr. Kim Keppler-Noreuil, senior staff clinical scientist at the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. and class of 1989. The Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Awards to one faculty member and one graduating senior also will be announced.
The new SIU physicians will begin residency training in their chosen specialty fields in July. SIU School of Medicine’s mission is to assist the people of central and southern Illinois in meeting their health care needs through education, patient care, research and service to the community. Established in 1970, the medical school is based in Carbondale and Springfield and is specifically oriented to educating new physicians prepared to practice in Illinois communities. Since 1975, 2,472 physicians, plus the 2013 graduates, have earned SIU medical degrees. The medical school’s website is www.siumed.edu.
Note to media: To arrange coverage of the event or schedule an interview, contact Ruth Slottag or Karen Carlson, SIU Public Affairs, 545-2819 or 545-3854.