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    MSM Salutes our 2013 Graduates

    Contact:  Ronna Branch


    University of Maryland, Baltimore County President to Deliver Keynote Address Focused on Preparing for Careers in Health and Sciences

    ATLANTA – May 20, 2013 – Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) held its 29th commencement exercises on Saturday, May 18, 2013, at the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel on the campus of Morehouse College at 9 a.m. MSM conferred degrees of M.D., Ph.D. in biomedical sciences, master of public health, master of science in clinical research, master of science in biomedical research, master of science in biomedical technology, and master of science in clinical research. Noted researcher and educator Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, Ph.D., president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County delivered the commencement address focusing on the fundamental challenges in preparing students for careers in the sciences and healthcare.

    Hrabowski’s research and publications focus on science and math education, with special emphasis on minority participation and performance. He chaired the National Academies’ committee that produced the 2011 report, Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads, and was also recently named by President Barack Obama to chair the newly created President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans.

    “Today we take another step in Morehouse School of Medicine’s goal to fill the nation’s growing need for primary care physicians and healthcare professionals, especially here in Georgia,” said Dean and Executive Vice President Valerie Montgomery Rice, M.D. “We are so proud of these students’ accomplishments and look forward to their continued service and mentorship in our communities.”  

    MSM presented 85 diplomas to 83 graduates (two students received both a master of science in clinical research and PhD):

    Doctors of Medicine - 53
    Masters of Public Health - 21
    PhD - 5
    Master of Science in Biomedical Research - 3
    Master of Science in Clinical Research -  3

    MSM  presented two honorary degrees to Hrabowski and The Honorable John Edward Porter, Member of Congress from 1980 to 2001 for the 10th District of Illinois. 

    About Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM)

    Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), located in Atlanta, Georgia, was founded in 1975 as a two-year Medical Education Program at Morehouse College with clinical training affiliations with several established medical schools for awarding the M.D. degree. In 1981, MSM became an independently chartered institution and the first medical school established at a Historically Black College and University in the 20th century. MSM is among the nation's leading educators of primary care physicians and was recently recognized as the top institution among U.S. medical schools for our social mission. Our faculty and alumni are noted in their fields for excellence in teaching, research, and public policy, and are known in the community for exceptional, culturally appropriate patient care.

    Morehouse School of Medicine is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award doctorate and master degrees. To learn more visit