The UTMB School of Health Professions graduated 62 students at its winter commencement. Students were awarded degrees in clinical laboratory sciences, respiratory care, physical therapy and physician assistant studies.

UTMB President Dr. David L. Callender conferred the degrees and Elizabeth Protas, vice president and dean of the UTMB School of Health Professions, officiated.
Dr. Ben Raimer, senior vice president for Health Policy and Legislative Affairs at UTMB, was the commencement speaker. Raimer is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Bonnie Broadhaus Benkula, is the 2011 Distinguished Alumna and Salah Ayachi, associate professor in the school’s physician assistant studies program, served as grand marshal.
“These graduates represent an outstanding group of students, and I want to extend my heartfelt congratulations to all of them,” said Protas. “They will fill a vital role in the nation’s changing health care landscape.”
Established in 1968, the UTMB School of Health Professions has educated more than 6,500 professionals who serve the nation’s health care workforce. The school helps meet the health care needs of communities by preparing students to enter such professions as physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant studies, clinical laboratory science and respiratory care.