Dr. David M. Carlisle, President and CEO of Charles R. Drew University, to Deliver 2024 Commencement Address for Compton College

Compton College will hold its 2024 Commencement Ceremony on Friday, June 7, 2024, at 6:00 p.m. The commencement ceremony will occur at the Dignity Health Sports Park Tennis Stadium, 18400 Avalon Boulevard, Carson, CA 90246. For those unable to attend in person, the ceremony will be live-streamed on Compton College’s YouTube Channel, which is also accessible via a link from the college website at

The keynote speaker for the ceremony will be Dr. David M. Carlisle, president and CEO of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in the Watts-Willowbrook area of Los Angeles.

Dr. Carlisle has been president and CEO of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science since 2011. He is a published author in health policy, quality of care, medical education diversity, and eliminating health disparities.

Before joining Charles R. Drew University, Dr. Carlisle was director of the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) from 2000 to 2011 under three governors. Under his leadership, OSHPD released its first-ever health disparities report and increased scholarship and loan repayment opportunities for health providers committed to practice in underrepresented, under-resourced, underserved communities.

A board-certified internal medicine specialist, Dr. Carlisle earned a doctorate in health services and a master’s degree in public health from the University of California, Los Angeles Fielding School of Public Health. He earned his doctorate in medicine from Brown University in Rhode Island and a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University in Connecticut.

The venue for the Commencement Ceremony will open at 4 p.m. on June 7 for graduates and guests. Free parking is available in Lots 10 and 11 at the Dignity Health Sports Park. Visit Compton College’s 2024 Commencement web page for more information: