Utah Gov. Olene Walker to Address U Medical School Graduates

Utah Gov. Olene Walker to Address U Medical School Graduates

May 18, 2004 6:00 PM

Utah Gov. Olene S. Walker will address graduates, their families and friends at the 2004 University of Utah School of Medicine Commencement on Saturday, May 22 at 10 a.m. in Kingsbury Hall. The governor's speech is entitled "Success, a Life Cycle."

Utah's 15th governor and the state's first female chief executive, Walker was sworn in last November to replace Michael O. Leavitt, tapped by President Bush to head the Environmental Protection Agency.

While serving as Utah's first women lieutenant governor, she spearheaded education programs, budget security measures, health-care reform and workforce development. She led task forces that resulted in the establishment of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), ensuring affordable health care for Utah's children, and the development of the Department of Workforce Services.

She has chaired the National Conference of Lieutenant Governors and is a past president of the National Association of Secretaries of State.

At Saturday's commencement the U medical school will award 90 doctor of medicine degrees, 24 doctor of philosophy degrees, two master of philosophy degrees, 43 master of science degrees, including 21 master's of science in public health; 17 master of public health degrees, 35 master of physician assistant studies degrees; and 23 bachelor of science degrees.

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