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Meharry Medical College Commencement, Homecoming and Reunion May 17 – May 21

by Cass Teague
David M. Carlisle, M.D., Ph.D. is this year’s Meharry Commencement Speaker

The 148th Commencement Exercises of Meharry Medical College are Saturday, May 20, 2023 at 9 a.m., in The Grand Ole Opry House. Homecoming and Reunion 2023 activities for graduates of all Meharry Schools, including Medical, Dental, Graduate and (historic) Nursing run Wednesday May 17 through Sunday, May 21. Homecoming and Reunion host hotel is the JW Marriott Nashville.

Dr. David M. Carlisle, the Commencement Speaker, has been President and CEO of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in the Watts-Willowbrook area of Los Angeles County since 2011. Dr. Carlisle is a published author in health policy, quality of care, medical education diversity and elimination of health disparities. A board-certified internal medicine specialist, President Carlisle received his B.A. from Wesleyan University, his M.D. from Brown University and his MPH and Ph.D. in health services from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.

Homecoming and Reunion 2023 celebrates graduating Classes from 1948, 1958, 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008, 2013, and 2018. Host hotel is the JW Marriott Nashville, with overflow at Loews Vanderbilt Hotel.

Reunion / Homecoming activities begin Wednesday, May 17 with the (Virtual) Nurses Legacy Tea, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Deans’ Meet & Greet Receptions run 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.: School of Dentistry, Lobby; School of Medicine — Harold D. West Basic Sciences Center, Lobby; and School of Graduate Studies — West Basic Science Center. Meharry Alumni Happy Hour runs 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Germantown Pub, 708 Monroe Street, Nashville.

Thursday, May 18, 2023, “Let’s Reminisce Jazz on the Lawn” runs 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., S.S. Kresge Learning Resource Center (LRC) Lawn. A Meharry Alumni Rooftop Mixer runs 9:00 p.m. – 12:00 Midnight, Westin Hotel – L27 Rooftop Lounge. Friday, May 19 Charles E. Brown, M.D. 36th Annual Golf Tournament, 7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Ted Rhodes Golf Course, 1901 Ed Temple Blvd.

The 50th Golden Anniversary Celebration Dinner, for classes 1938, 1943, 1948, 1953, 1958, 1963, 1968 and 1973, runs 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., with Class Pictures at 6:30 p.m. in the Westin Hotel — Radnor Room. The 25th Silver Anniversary Celebration is 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Westin Hotel — SoBro I & II Room. All Reunion Class Pictures are at 7:30 p.m. – No retakes, Westin Hotel Ballroom. A Reunion Homecoming Soiree at the National Museum of African American Music, 510 Broadway Street runs 8:30 p.m. – 12:00 Midnight; Gallery Tours 8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 20, 11:30 a.m., CEO Roundtable on Cancer and Meharry Medical College Cancer Walk: Every Step Counts, Starting at Meharry School of Dentistry entrance. Everyone is invited—alumni and community members! Alumni Picnic 12:00 Noon – 3:30 p.m., West Basic Science Center Lawn. **Inclement weather, First Floor Lobby, The Cal Turner Family Center for Student Education.

The National Alumni Association Scholarship Gala is at The Cal Turner Center for Student Education Ballroom, 6:30 p.m. – Reception / 7:00 p.m. Dinner; Attire: Cocktail. The Alumni Farewell Champagne Brunch is Sunday, May 21, 10:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.,Westin Hotel.

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