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Honors Convocation

Becker College's 2012 Honors Convocation recognized students who graduated with honors, as well as those who showed outstanding accomplishments in their respective programs. The ceremony was held on May 11, 2012 on Becker's Leicester campus.


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Honors Convocation Keynote Speaker, Deborah T. Kochevar, DVM, Ph.D., DACVCP

Becker College welcomed Deborah T. Kochevar, DVM, Ph.D., DACVCP as the keynote speaker at the Becker College Honors Convocation, Friday, May 11, on its Leicester, Mass., campus. In September 2011, Dr. Kochevar, the Henry and Lois Foster Professor and dean of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in North Grafton, Mass. served as an expert on the One Health academic panel, part of the inauguration of Becker College President Robert E. Johnson, Ph.D.

President-elect and member of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges board of directors, Dr. Kochevar has won many teaching awards, including the Norden Distinguished Teacher Award and the Student American Veterinary Medical Association National Teaching Award in Basic Science. She counts time spent teaching as the most satisfying part of her professional career.

A member of a number of non-profit boards, including the National Association for Biomedical Research, Consortium for Conservation Medicine, Cummings Foundation, Inc., Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives, and Massachusetts Society for Medical Research, Dr. Kochevar also serves on one corporate board, for Charles River Laboratories International, Inc. She is also a diplomate and past president of the American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology and is active in the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

Dr. Kochevar graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor of arts degree in English and biology from Rice University in 1978. She received a doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Texas A&M University in 1981, and a Ph.D. in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 1987. She was a National Institutes of Health National Research Service Award Fellow from 1984-86. In the mid-1990s, she spent a year in Washington, D.C., as a Congressional Science Fellow to the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee.

Honors Convocation 2012 Program

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