MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences


Welcome students, family members, guests and faculty to MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences' 54th Commencement!

The ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 9, 10:00 am, at Rice University, The Shepherd School of Music, Alice Pratt Brown Hall, 6100 Main (Entrance 18 off Rice Boulevard), Houston, Texas 77005.

Doors to Stude Hall (auditorium where ceremony takes place) will open at 9:00 am for guests.

Videos from the 2019 commencement ceremony can be seen here.

2020 Keynote Speaker
Learning to Become Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable

Elaine Fuchs

Elaine Fuchs, PhD

Dr. Elaine Fuchs is a world-renowned leader in cell biology and molecular genetics with a focus on the basis of inherited diseases in humans. In 2009, she received the National Medal of Science at a White House ceremony, where she was honored for “her outstanding contributions to our understanding of the biology of skin and its disorders, including her notable investigations of adult skin stem cells, cancers, and genetic syndromes.” Fuchs earned a PhD in biochemical sciences from Princeton, and became the first woman faculty member in the University of Chicago’s biochemistry department soon after. She is now the Rebecca C. Lancefield Professor of Mammalian Cell Biology and Development at Rockefeller University and an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

In addition to the nation’s highest medal for science, her many honors and awards include Princeton’s James Madison Medal (2011), the L’Oréal-UNESCO Award for women in science (2010), and the Vanderbilt Prize in Biomedical Science (2016), which honors women scientists who have sterling research accomplishments and serve as mentors to other women scientists. “As women continue to make their way in the scientific community at all levels and in greater numbers,” Fuchs has said, “we will continue to see a rise in the creativity, reflection, and breadth of thinking that is so necessary to move science forward.”