Graduates at all-school commencement prepare to do everything it takes to make lives better


During the all-school commencement at the Alamodome on May 21, students celebrated the culmination of their student experience and looked forward to making the world a healthier place.

This year, more than 1,100 students applied to graduate from The University of Texas Health Science Center’s six schools: School of Dentistry, School of Nursing, School of Health Professions, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine.

The commencement address was provided by National Women’s Hall of Fame and International Space Hall of Fame inductee Mae C. Jemison, M.D. Jemison is the first woman of color to go into space and founder and president of the Jemison Group and BioSentient Corporation.

The health science center’s cumulative number of degrees awarded after summer conferral is expected to reach 46,400. Because some students receive more than one degree, the anticipated total of graduates after summer conferral is projected to be at least 42,300.

Two hundred students have applied to graduate with the Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine, while at least 114 have applied to receive the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the School of Dentistry. Another 55 advanced certificates and master’s degrees are anticipated to be awarded by the School of Dentistry.

The largest student headcounts for commencement are in the School of Health Professions, which anticipates awarding more than 350 degrees and certificates including nearly 100 doctorates, and the School of Nursing, which expects to confer at least 260 baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees.

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is projected to confer at least 100 Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), master’s and professional degrees.

Women outnumber men 688 to 421 (a 62% majority) in preliminary estimates for the May and summer commencements.

Among students who self-identified by ethnicity, the largest group of anticipated graduates is Hispanics at 418.

The health science center was established as a medical school by state legislation enacted in 1959. The six schools opened to students between 1966 and 1976. The University of Texas School of Public Health San Antonio, the newest addition, begins accepting students in 2024.

View and download the commencement program.

View and download the commencement photos at no cost. Printed photos from Zenfolio are available for purchase online.

Watch as students from the class of 2023 recap their favorite moments from their time at UT Health San Antonio.

To read student stories from each of the six schools, click the below links.

School of Dentistry profile: Dental graduate embraces life’s redirection

School of Nursing profile: ‘Everything I do, I’ve done for my son’

School of Health Professions profile: Joining the ranks of the frontline heroes

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences profile: Early lab experiences fueled success

Long School of Medicine profile: Tenacity, family support helps her to finish line


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