WHAT:  Reporters are invited to tune in to the first-ever virtual graduation for the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.  Medical students and advanced practice nursing students from the USU class of 2020 are graduating several weeks early to help support their colleagues in the military health system amid the global coronavirus pandemic. The virtual ceremony will be held on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at 1 p.m. via Facebook. Army Chief of Staff General James McConville is this year’s Commencement Speaker, and United States Senator Chris Van Hollen will provide remarks congratulating the graduates and recognizing their service to our country.

WHEN:  Wednesday, April 1, at 1:00 p.m. (EST)            

WHERE:  Virtual - Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Facebook (@usuhealthsci).

Please note:  Reporters interested in speaking to USU President Richard Thomas, School of Medicine Dean Dr. Arthur Kellermann, Graduate School of Nursing Dean Dr. Carol Romano, Brigade Commander CAPT Sean Hussey or one of the graduating students must contact Sharon Holland, Deputy Vice President for External Affairs, at [email protected] or (240) 281-5726.     


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About the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences:

The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, founded by an act of Congress in 1972, is the nation’s federal health sciences university and 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. USU also has graduate programs in oral biology, biomedical sciences and public health committed to excellence in research. The University's research program covers a wide range of areas important to both the military and public health. For more information about USU and its programs, visit