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The fall 2004 semester at the Texas Woman’s University
Institute of Health Sciences-Houston Center will draw to a
close with a commencement ceremony Sunday, Dec. 19. An honorary
doctor of laws degree will be presented to Dr. Richard E.
Wainerdi, CEO and chief operating officer of the Texas Medical
The ceremony will
take place at 2 p.m. in the General Assembly Hall, Level 3,
of the George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida De
Las Americas. Students and family members who have tickets
are invited to attend.
degrees will be conferred during the Houston ceremony.
ceremony, which includes graduates from the Denton and Dallas
campuses, will take place Saturday, Dec. 18.
Dr. Ann Stuart will preside at each ceremony, which includes
an academic procession, conferring of degrees and a commencement
Karen Ross, executive
director of CHRISTUS Spohn Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation,
will deliver the commencement address.
Ross earned her
bachelor’s degree in psychology from TWU in 1976, and
her post-BS in physical therapy from the university in 1978.
She owned a physical therapy and rehabilitation clinic from
1983 to 1994 when it merged with CHRISTUS Spohn.
Ross has overseen
the growth of the program from its original 12 employees to
more than 200 today. The program also has expanded its services
to six hospitals, four outpatient clinics and a home health
Ross is a member
of both the American and Texas Physical Therapy associations.
TWU will honor
Dr. Wainerdi for his distinguished contributions to the sciences
and health care through the Texas Medical Center, as well
as for his long association with teaching.
The honorary doctorate
will be only the eighth presented by TWU in the university’s
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