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Kenya surgeon to speak at Roberts commencement

Russell White

Roberts Wesleyan College alumnus Dr. Russell White will deliver the keynote address to the 2011 graduating class of Roberts Wesleyan College on May 7.

Among the diplomas to be awarded will be an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree to Rochester-area businessman David C. Hoselton in recognition of his leadership and service to the college and the greater Rochester community.

More than 400 students will graduate. White, who has followed his heart to provide medical treatment and expertise in Africa for nearly 15 years, will speak Since 1997, White has served as chief of surgery at Tenwek Mission Hospital in Kenya, where he spends the majority of his time. He also serves as clinical associate professor of surgery at Brown University’s Warren Alpert School of Medicine in Providence, R.I.

White was born in the Belgian Congo to medical missionary parents and grew up in Northern Michigan. He attended Roberts (Class of ’85), University of Michigan School of Medicine and Harvard University School of Public Health. He later completed a surgical residency at Brown University, as well as a surgical fellowship at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol, England.

David C. Hoselton

Commencement begins at 2 p.m. in the college’s Voller Athletic Center. Tickets are required. They are available online at: or by calling (585) 594-6350.

Roberts President John A. Martin will preside over a Baccalaureate Service at Pearce Memorial Church, adjacent to the campus, at 9:30 a.m.

The keynote address will be delivered by Ronald Hallman, associate professor of Criminal Justice in the college’s Division of Social Work. His talk is titled “Seeking Justice.”  The service is open to the public; tickets are not required.