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Dr. Patricia Simmons, Chair of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents to Speak at Commencement Exercises at the U of M, Crookston on Saturday, May 3, 2008
April 11, 2008

Contact: Laurie Wilson, chair, commencement committee, 218-281-8587 (; Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (

The Honorable Patricia Simmons, M.D.
The Honorable Patricia Simmons, M.D.
Crookston, Minn. (April 7, 2008) – The University of Minnesota, Crookston is pleased to announce the Honorable Patricia Simmons, M.D., chair of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents as the 2008 commencement speaker. Simmons will address graduates during commencement exercises on Saturday, May 3, 2008, at 2 p.m. in Lysaker Gymnasium.


A physician and professor of pediatrics at the Mayo Medical School in the Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Simmons has served as a member of the Mayo Foundation Board of Trustees and the Mayo Clinic Board of Governors and as president of her national professional society, among other leadership positions. Simmons became chair in 2007 of the 12-member Board of Regents, the governing body of the University of Minnesota. She has served on the board since 2003.


“The Crookston campus is so pleased to have Dr. Simmons giving the commencement address,” states Counselor/Assistant Education Specialist Laurie Wilson, who is serving as chair of the Commencement Committee. “Her service on the Board of Regents and her leadership both inside and outside of the medical field are extraordinary. We are certainly privileged to have her here with us to share both her wisdom and experience with the Class of 2008.”

More than 150 students are slated to graduate spring semester. Bachelor of science, associate in applied science and associate in science degrees will be conferred upon graduates, subject to completion of all curriculum requirements.

The 2008 commencement exercises mark the 99th to take place on the Crookston campus, an event which will also honor Minnesota’s Sesquicentennial celebration. For more information on commencement activities visit

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