A Traditional Honoring Ceremony to celebrate the accomplishments of graduating Native American/Alaska Native students from the University of Arizona Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, will be held Saturday, May 14, 7 to 9:30 a.m., at the Arizona Health Sciences Center, Hippocrates courtyard (south of the UA College of Medicine), 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson
Graduating students, their families and friends; Arizona Health Sciences Center faculty, administration and staff; American Indian tribal representatives; and American Indian alumni will partake in an American Indian ceremony offered by a local traditional healer.
Graduates who will participate in this year’s Traditional Honoring Ceremony include:
- Alana Fred (Navajo), UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.
- Stacy Godwin (Alaska Native), UA College of Nursing.
- Donovan Williams (Navajo), UA College of Medicine. Donovan is an active member of the Association of Native American Medical Students and will pursue a residency in internal medicine at Banner Good Samaritan in Phoenix, Ariz.
(Shandiin Wood (Navajo/Seminole), also will graduate from the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health but is unable to attend the ceremony.)
The ceremony is coordinated by the UA Office of Outreach and Multicultural Affairs and the UA-Inter Tribal Council of Arizona (ITCA) Indians Into Medicine (INMED) Program, with support from Michael Stoklos and the Stoklos Native American Health Education Fund at the UA. Special thanks to Pascua Yaqui tribe member and traditional healer Pete Flores and family, and Carlos Gonzales, MD, and family (Dr. Gonzales is director of UA-ITCA INMED and clinical associate professor in the UA College of Medicine Department of Family and Community Medicine).