Eastern Washington University’s College of Health Science and Public Health will host its second semester graduation ceremony Friday, May 5, 10 a.m. at the Spokane Convention Center.
This year, 240 undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to attend the commencement.
- Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders
- Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Dental Hygiene
- Master of Public Health
- Master of Occupational Therapy
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Helping honor and celebrate the graduates is dental hygiene alumna and invited keynote speaker Lt. Jessica Scruggs.
Lt. Scruggs is a Commissioned Corps officer in the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) called to active duty in 2014. She currently serves as the special assistant for the 19th U.S. Surgeon General in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She is responsible for all logistical travel, directs his external engagements in the field, and coordinates with stakeholders inside and outside of the federal government.
In 2009, Lt. Scruggs earned her BA in dental hygiene from Pacific University of Oregon and a Master of Science in dental hygiene from EWU in 2013. She attributes her graduate work at EWU as instrumental in helping her make the career change from corporate dentistry to public health.
This year’s student speaker is Ghazal Meratnia, who is graduating from EWU with her Master of Public Health degree and a certificate in Leadership. Her passion for health has been demonstrated in her service to the community, whether that be working as a medical translator, providing nutrition and diabetes education or serving on a tobacco task force. Meratnia plans to continue working as a public health practitioner and aims to eventually pursue medical school.
For detailed information on the ceremony, parking and a map of the venue, please visit Eastern’s Commencement website.