Around 750 to graduate May 17 from MUSCTweet
Approximately 750 graduates are expected to receive degrees from MUSC’s six colleges during commencement exercises scheduled for 9 a.m., May 17 at McAlister Field House on the campus of The Citadel.
Donna Christensen, M.D., a delegate to the House of Representatives for the Virgin Islands, will be the keynote speaker. Currently serving her ninth term, she is the first female physician to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as the first woman to represent an offshore territory. She serves as assistant minority whip in the democratic caucus.
In the 113th Congress, she serves on the Committee on Energy and Commerce and its subcommittees on health, energy and power, and on commerce, manufacturing and trade. A graduate of St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Ind., Christensen went on to earn her medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine.
Christensen will receive an honorary Doctor of Medical Science degree following her remarks to the graduates.
MUSC will also confer honorary degrees on:
- Bruce Pratt, DVM, of Ladys Island, retired veterinarian and conservationist, will receive a Doctor of Medical Science degree.
- Kelley Smith O’Quinn, S.C. native who is active in several community and statewide organizations including acting as an MUSC Foundation board member emeritus, will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters degree.
- South Carolina Senator and retired Alcoa executive Paul G. Campbell, of Goose Creek, will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters degree.
- South Carolina Senator and businessman Thomas C. Alexander, of Walhalla, will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters degree.