By Wendy Sarubbi | May 2, 2016 8:58 am

Almost 8,000 students – including 233 undergraduates and 14 graduate students from the College of Medicine’s Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences – are expected to graduate from UCF during six commencement ceremonies May 5-7 at CFE Arena.

College of Medicine bachelors, master’s and Ph.D. students will graduate at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, along with students from the Colleges of Graduate Studies, Undergraduate Studies and the Rosen College of Hospitality Management. College of Medicine M.D. students graduate on May 20.

Here are details of the biomedical students who are graduating:

  • 199 earning B.S. degrees in biomedical sciences
  • 7 earning B.S. degrees in molecular and microbiology
  • 7 earning B.S. degrees in biotechnology
  • 20 earning B.S. degrees in medical lab sciences
  • 8 earning M.S. degrees in biomedical sciences
  • 1 earning an M.S. in biotechnology with a thesis
  • 2 earning M.S. degrees in biotechnology in the professional science masters track
  • 3 earning Ph.D.s in biomedical sciences

Twenty-four Burnett School undergraduates are graduating with University honors. Four are Summa Cum Laude with a GPA of at least 3.994. Three of those have perfect GPAs of 4.0. Six are Magna Cum Laude with at least a 3.958 GPA. Fourteen are Cum Laude with a GPA of at least 3.886.

“We are so proud of these young scientists who are taking the next step in their life’s journey,” said Dr. Griffith Parks, Director of the Burnett School. “These members of our Burnett School family have exciting futures ahead in research, academics, community service and medicine.”

Saturday afternoon’s graduation speaker is Dr. Clarence H. Brown III, a nationally recognized physician, health leader and professor of medicine at the College of Medicine. He has served on the UCF Board of Trustees since 2013. Dr. Brown was founding medical director of MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando, and in 1997 he became the center’s president and chief executive officer. As such, he was instrumental in MD Anderson’s gift of a full four-year scholarship to a student of the medical school’s charter class. He has also personally provided scholarship support for UCF M.D. students. Named as the president of the Orange County Medical Society in 1988, Dr. Brown has also been the medical director of the Hemophilia Association of Orlando and Hospice of Central Florida. He is past-chairman of the board of directors of the Orlando Health Foundation. He earned his M.D. degree from Emory University.

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