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Loyola University New Orleans awards retired surgeon a 1953 bachelor’s degree

Loyola press release - May 8, 2001

(New Orleans)—Although Emilio Echevarria graduated from medical school over 40 years ago and went on to become a highly successful surgeon in Tampa, Fla., there was something missing from his life—an undergraduate degree from Loyola University New Orleans.

Dr. Echevarria left Loyola University in 1952 expecting to receive his diploma through the pre-medical combined degree program once he completed his first year of medical school. Unfortunately, the University of Miami, Echevarria’s choice for medical school, was not technically accredited until its first class graduated. Echevarria was in that first class. Because of its missing accreditation, Loyola’s dean of the College of Arts at Loyola at the time refused to grant Echevarria a degree. This was a great disappointment to Echevarria, and he has always regretted not having the Loyola diploma. The current dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Frank Sculley, Ph.D., has determined that Echevarria has satisfied the requirements for a Loyola bachelor’s of arts degree in science.

Echevarria will receive his diploma on Saturday, May 19, at 9 a.m., during Loyola’s 90th spring commencement where he will process with the 2001 graduates. His degree will read the class of 1953.

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