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December 2006

Release Date: December 4, 2006

2002 ASU Graduate Comes Home as Fall Commencement Speaker

Michael E. Patyrak, who graduated from Angelo State University in 2002 and went on to earn his medical degree, will return to campus Saturday, Dec. 16, to deliver the commencement address during ASU's fall graduation ceremonies.

Dr. Patyrak, now a first-year radiology resident at UT Southwestern/Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, will speak at the 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. commencement exercises Saturday, Dec. 16, in the Junell Center/Stephens Arena.

Graduates in the College of Business and the College of Education will receive their diplomas in the morning ceremony. Graduates in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts and the College of Sciences will walk across the stage during the afternoon exercise.

When Patyrak graduated in the spring of 2002 with his bachelor of science degree, he was named recipient of the ASU Presidential Award as the top graduate in his class. He went on to earn his M.D. from the University of Texas Health Science Center where he graduated No. 1 in his class. His other medical school honors include the Wallace C. McNutt Award as the No. 1 student in gross anatomy and embryology and the Kline Award as the No. 1 student in medical pathology. He also was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.

The Central High School graduate began his ASU education in 1998. He received a Carr Academic Scholarship, the Dr. Merrill Everhart Science Scholarship, and the Welch Research Scholarship during his ASU tenure. He worked in both the ASU chemistry lab and the radiology department of a local hospital while attending the university. As an undergraduate, he conducted a challenging research project in biochemistry.

In addition to his academic work, he participated in numerous extracurricular and community service activities. He was president of both the American Chemical Society and Alpha Chi National Honor Society as well as an active member of Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society, the Biochemistry Club and the University Symposium Committee. While at ASU, he established a tutoring program for chemistry students, organized a mentoring program for a local elementary school and served as a certified Hospice volunteer.

He is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Robert S. Patyrak of San Angelo.