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UNT Insider | May 2011 issue | Author, talk show host "Dr. Phil" McGraw speaks at commencement ceremony

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Author, talk show host "Dr. Phil" McGraw speaks at commencement ceremony

From a UNT News Service press release

Dr. Phil McGraw with UNT students

Alumnus Dr. Phil McGraw revisited the psychology department and met with students.

Phil McGraw, famed for his nationally syndicated television talk show Dr. Phil, was the keynote speaker at UNT's master's and doctoral commencement ceremony held on May 13.

McGraw, a UNT alumnus, began appearing on the Oprah Winfrey Show weekly in 1998 before his one-hour daytime syndicated talk show Dr. Phil debuted in September 2002 to high ratings -- the highest of any new syndicated show since the launch of the Oprah Winfrey Show. Dr. Phil has been the No. 2 daytime talk show since its launch. McGraw, who is also the author of six No. 1 New York Times bestsellers, earned his master's degree in experimental psychology in 1976 and his doctorate in clinical psychology in 1979 from UNT.

The American Psychological Association honored McGraw with a presidential citation in 2006. Since its inception, his show has earned 19 Emmy nominations and five PRISM Awards, which are presented for accurately depicting drug, alcohol and tobacco abuse and addiction in the media. In addition, the show earned four Gracie Awards, presented by the Alliance for Women in Media, and a Mothers Against Drunk Driving media award.

The master's and doctoral commencement ceremony kicked off a weekend of commencement ceremonies, which included undergraduate commencements. The ceremonies honored the achievements of almost 4,000 students. This spring, about 3,210 undergraduate students, 702 master's students and 82 doctoral candidates applied for graduation.

Ellen Rossetti with UNT News Service can be reached at Ellen.Rossetti@unt.edu.

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