More than 175 medical students from UCLA and the Drew/UCLA Medical Education Program will be hailed as "doctor" for the first time when they graduate from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA in a moving ceremony marked by pageantry, awards and heartfelt student speeches. Some 2,400 family members are expected to be on hand to celebrate the graduates' hard-won achievements.
The following students will be available for interviews prior to commencement:
Steve Rad (Encino), 23, went straight from ninth grade to college, starting medical school in the joint Drew/UCLA program at 19. After completing his residency in gynecology-obstetrics at Cedars-Sinai, he aims to pursue specialty training in oncology and volunteer as a surgeon in Africa and South America, where poor women cannot afford surgery for gynecological cancers.
5 p.m., Friday, May 30 (Cameras must be in place by 4:15 p.m.)
Dickson Court North, the grassy quad just south of Perloff Hall. Enter the campus on Westholme Avenue or Wyton Drive, off of Hilgard Avenue. (Campus map: http://maps.ucla.edu/campus)
Please R.S.V.P. to media contact by noon on Friday, May 30.
Elaine Schmidt, Health Sciences Media Relations, (310) 794-2272 (office), (310) 794-2272 (cell)
Parking will be available for passenger vehicles in Lot 2. For oversized news vans, call in advance to reserve a space by the quad. Please allow at least 30 minutes to park and set up your equipment.
UCLA has received an additional $46 million gift from longtime supporter and legendary entertainment visionary David Geffen, a reinvestment that brings the amount of the David Geffen Medical Scholarship Fund to $146 million.