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Students Selected to Speak at Health Sciences, MD Graduation Ceremonies

As George Washington University’s (GW) 2019 Commencement Weekend approaches, the student speakers for both the Health Sciences and MD graduation ceremonies at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) have been announced.

The Health Sciences Graduation Celebration, held Saturday, May 18, will feature the winners of the Outstanding Undergraduate Award and Outstanding Graduate Award. Tasheka Pearcey, will be the undergraduate speaker, and Elony May, will be the graduate speaker. Both were selected by faculty members within the health sciences departments.

Pearcey, graduating with her Bachelor of Science in Health Science in Medical Laboratory Sciences, was selected for her demonstration of exemplary academic and clinical performance, community service, and her commitment to teamwork and collaboration with her peers.

May, who is graduating from the Physical Therapy Program, was chosen for her high performance in the program, as well as her community service work and involvement as the GW physical therapy representative to the Washington, D.C., chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Graduating MD student Lillian Dawit was selected by Class of 2019 Class Council to deliver the student speech at the MD Diploma Ceremony on Sunday, May 19. Dawit was selected for her commitment to fostering community as a distinguished leader and exemplary medical student in the class.

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