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Ret. U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Susan Desjardins named commencement speaker

Maj. Gen. Susan Y. Desjardins

Maj. Gen. Susan Y. Desjardins

We are proud to announce that Ret. U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Susan Desjardins will serve as the commencement speaker for the College of Medicine and Life Sciences ceremony on May 27 and will also be awarded an honorary degree of doctor of public service.

General Desjardins was selected by a committee of medical students and faculty from a national pool in recognition of her service to our country through her career. Dean Christopher J. Cooper, M.D., formally nominated General Desjardins, and she was approved by Interim Provost John A. Barrett Jr, J.D., and the Board of Trustees.

“General Desjardins has a remarkable resume,” Dean Cooper said in his nominating letter. “She was one of the first group of women admitted to the Air Force Academy back in 1976. She has experience at every leadership level in the Air Force during her highly decorated career. These leadership positions include tours of duty at Major Command Headquarters Air Force, the Joint Staff and U.S. Strategic Command Headquarters.”

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