Commencement 2024

Saturday, June 1, 2024
Moody Gardens Convention Center, One Hope Boulevard, Galveston, Texas

Announcing our Commencement Speaker and Senior Faculty Marshal

Commencement Speaker

Burke Bradley

Burke T. Bradley, MD, will deliver the keynote address. Dr. Bradley is an anesthesiologist who earned his medical degree at UTMB in 1990, and completed his internship and anesthesiology residency at UTMB before entering private practice. Affiliated with Houston Methodist Hospital for the majority of his career, he has performed more than 37,000 general and regional anesthetics, with skills and interest in high-risk obstetric anesthesia, complex airway management, anesthesia care team management, multi-medical discipline cooperation, perioperative OR safety and efficiency, and human resource practices.

Dr. Bradley is a member of the Houston Methodist Anesthesiology Residency faculty. From 2008 to 2022, he served as Chief of Anesthesiology for the ENT, Ophthalmology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and Plastic/Cosmetic/Reconstructive Surgery service lines at Houston Methodist. In 2023, he joined the Face the Future Foundation as the sole anesthesiologist on a mission to Ukraine, performing 123 procedures on 35 injured soldiers over the course of five days. He has plans to return yearly.

Senior Faculty Marshal

Cristiana Rastellini

Cristiana Rastellini, MD, will serve as Senior Faculty Marshal. Dr. Rastellini is a Professor of Instruction in the Department of Neurobiology. She holds secondary appointments as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Endocrinology.

Dr. Rastellini joined the faculty at UTMB in 2007. She has been highly involved in teaching activities in addition to her research program. Dr. Rastellini currently serves as Chair of the JSSOM Curriculum Committee. She is a multi-year recipient of the Jimmy Doyle Dickens Memorial Award, selected by students in the John Sealy School of Medicine, and has been a faculty hooder for numerous JSSOM commencement ceremonies. In 2019 she was inducted as a member of the Academy of Master Teachers.

John Sealy School of Medicine Class of 2024 Commencement Schedule of Events

8 a.m. Student rehearsal (Private)

9 a.m. Doors open to guests. Time may vary depending on length of rehearsal.

10 a.m. Commencement ceremony

12:30 p.m. Dean's Reception

Parking: Free parking is available in the garage next to the convention center.

Faculty Regalia Orders:

Please use the following link to submit your order for the regalia rental:

Google Chrome is recommended, but any browser should work provided Flash in enabled.

If paying by PO, select “Pay with PO#”.  Please do not include taxes when paying with a PO. Please get with your department’s administrative support for assistance with submitting your PO.

If paying online, select “Pay Online”.

Your email address is required to receive a confirmation.

To avoid late fees, orders must be submitted by March 31, 2024.

Note:  Regalia will arrive the week before Commencement for distribution.  An email will be sent when it is available to be picked up with designated days and times, along with the pick-up location.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Campus Store for assistance at (409) 772-1939.

Moody Gardens Hotel & Resort Information:

One Hope Blvd., Galveston, TX 77554$234/night – Special Event PricingCutoff for booking at the special rate is May 9, 2024
For reservations:
(888) 388-8484 or direct at (409) 741-8484 (Must mention UTMB School of Medicine "Commencement" for the rate)
Hotel information:

Livestreaming available the day of the event: 

Future Commencement Activity Dates: TBD

    Commencement Video Information