The 2017 Graduate Division Commencement Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, June 7, at 6 p.m. at the Nourse Theater at 275 Hayes Street in downtown San Francisco! We are looking forward to celebrating this major milestone with our graduate students, their families and friends, and with our faculty and staff at UCSF, who also take great pride in our students' accomplishments.
Dr. Carol Gross, PhD, will give this year's Commencement Address. Dr. Gross is jointly a professor of microbiology and immunology, and of cell and tissue biology at UCSF. Her scientific passion is to understand how bacteria rapidly integrate information about changing environments, including the presence of antibiotics, to continue growing rapidly. Dr. Gross has published more than 170 journal articles on this topic. Her scientific achievements have been recognized by election to the National Academy of Sciences, which also awarded her with the Selman Waksman Award for Lifetime Achievement in Microbiology. Dr. Gross's other passion is increasing diversity in STEM. She has spearheaded efforts at UCSF to increase enrollment of graduate students from underrepresented groups and to develop programs that make UCSF welcoming for all. Dr. Gross has been honored to receive the AAAS Mentorship Award, the UCSF Martin Luther King Jr. Award, and the ASM EMD Millipore Alice C. Evans Award for Mentoring Women.