Newswise — Bethesda, MD – Nearly 280 graduates of the Nation’s only federal health sciences university, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU), will receive their diplomas during the commencement ceremony at the Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall in Washington, DC, on Saturday, May 17. The Honorable Jessica L. Wright, Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, will deliver this year’s commencement address.

Wright, a retired Major General and former Commander of the Pennsylvania National Guard and Adjutant General of Pennsylvania, is the senior policy advisor to the Secretary of Defense on recruitment, career development, pay and benefits for 1.4 million active duty military personnel, 1.1 million Guard and Reserve personnel, 680,000 Defense Department civilians, and is responsible for overseeing the overall state of military readiness. USU, founded by an act of Congress in 1972, is the academic heart of the Military Health System. USU students are primarily active duty uniformed officers in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Public Health Service who receive specialized education in tropical and infectious diseases, TBI and PTSD, disaster response and humanitarian assistance, global health, and acute trauma care. A large percentage of the university’s more than 5,200 physician and 790 advanced practice nursing alumni are supporting operations around the world, offering their leadership and expertise. USU also has graduate programs in biomedical sciences and public health committed to excellence in research, and in oral biology. The University's research program covers a wide range of clinical and basic science important to both the military and public health.

The University’s F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine, dubbed “America’s Medical School,” will award 163 Doctor of Medicine and 73 Biomedical Sciences, Public Health and Clinical Psychology graduate degrees, while its Daniel K. Inouye Graduate School of Nursing will award 40 Master of Science degrees in the Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Perioperative Clinical Nurse Specialist, and Nurse Anesthesia disciplines, as well as three Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science degrees. The USU Postgraduate Dental College will award 53 master’s degrees in Oral Biology.

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