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Mayo Clinic commencement ceremony is Saturday

Seventy four students will walk across the stage Saturday to accept advanced medical degrees from Mayo Clinic School of Medicine and Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

The commencement ceremony is to begin at 10 a.m. at Mayo Civic Center and is expected to last about two hours. The featured speaker will be Nobel Laureate Robert J. Lefkowitz, who will receive an honorary degree from Mayo Clinic President and CEO John Noseworthy.

Lefkowitz is a professor of medicine at Duke University . He was awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize for chemistry to recognize his groundbreaking discoveries on protein-coupled receptors. His work on the subject began back in 1968, according to the 2012 press release announcing the award.

The weekend event features 43 graduates from the School of Medicine and another 31 doctoral students from the biomedical sciences program.

These will be the first graduating classes from Mayo Clinic's renamed academic facilities in Rochester. Mayo Clinic School of Medicine was previously called Mayo Medical School, while Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences was previously known as Mayo Graduate School.

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