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Dr. Fauci to give commencement speech to Mayo's biomedical students

The commencement will be held virtually and will also be the first time the Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences has held its own graduation. Graduates from the Class of 2020 also are invited to be a part of the ceremony.

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Top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci responds to accusations by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) as he testifies before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on Capitol hill in Washington, D.C., U.S., July 20, 2021. J. Scott Applewhite/Pool via REUTERS

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the nation's leading expert on infectious diseases, will deliver the commencement speech on Sept. 11 at the 2021 Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

The commencement will be held virtually and also will be the first time the School of Biomedical Sciences has held its own graduation ceremony. Graduates from the Class of 2020 also are invited to be a part of the ceremony.

In addition to giving the commencement speech, Fauci will receive an honorary degree from the school.

"When I think of the impact science is having on society, I cannot think of a more inspiring person than Dr. Fauci," said Dr. Stephen Ekker, dean of Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. "He has brought medicine and science to the forefront of America by being an unwavering advocate for science and facts."

Dr. Franklyn Prendergast, emeritus professor of biochemistry, molecular biology and pharmacology at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, also will speak at the ceremony. Prendergast held leadership roles at Mayo Clinic from the early 1980s to his retirement in 2014.

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The virtual ceremony will be available to program graduates and Mayo Clinic staff at this livestream.

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