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    Bill George to Receive Honorary Degree and Deliver Commencement Address

What: Mayo Clinic College of Medicine Commencement Ceremony

When: Saturday, May 17 at 10 a.m. CT

Where: Mayo Civic Center – Presentation Hall

Description: Bill George, former Chairman and CEO of Medtronic and Destination Medical Center Corporation (DMCC) board member, will receive the second-ever Mayo Clinic honorary degree — Doctor of the College (honoris causa) — in recognition of his distinguished career in leadership development, and exemplary service to Mayo Clinic. Mr. George’s commencement address will challenge graduates to become authentic and mindful leaders.

Photo of Bill George
Bill George

Interviews with journalists: Bill George will be available for media interviews at the conclusion of the ceremony on Saturday, May 17, in the North Lobby at Mayo Civic Center, 30 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester, Minn. To request an interview with Mr. George, email gonzalez.alyson@mayo.eduor call 507-284-5005 in advance.

During the commencement ceremony, 59 physicians and scientists will receive degrees from Mayo Clinic College of Medicine:

  • Mayo Graduate School – graduating 18 Ph.D. future researchers, scientists and academics in biomedical and translational sciences.
  • Mayo Medical School – 41 students becoming M.D. and going on to residency programs at Mayo and across US.

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine consists of five distinct schools: Mayo Graduate School, Mayo Medical School, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo School of Health Sciences and Mayo School of Continuous Professional Development. Faculty for the schools is drawn from approximately 3,700 clinical and scientific staff of Mayo Clinic. Two schools within Mayo Clinic College of Medicine participate in this annual commencement ceremony: Mayo Graduate School and Mayo Medical School.


About Mayo Clinic
Recognizing 150 years of serving humanity in 2014, Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit worldwide leader in medical care, research and education for people from all walks of life. For more information, visit 150years.mayoclinic.org, www.mayoclinic.org and newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org.

Alyson Gonzalez, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, newsbureau@mayo.edu

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