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School of Medicine celebrates 113th commencement

Left to right: A trio of graduates relax following the School of Medicine’s commencement ceremony held at the Shrine Auditorium; Dean of the School of Medicine Stephen J. Ryan bestows diploma on student

Following a boisterous graduation ceremony at the Shrine Auditorium on May 16, the School of Medicine sent 204 graduates out into the world. Hundreds of elated family and friends mobbed the graduates afterward and showered them with praise, hugs, flowers and balloons.

The graduating class included 25 masters of science, 157 doctors of medicine, 22 doctors of philosophy and two M.D./Ph.D. recipients.

During a special celebration the previous afternoon, school officials also honored the academic and service achievements of top students at the School of Medicine’s annual Senior Awards Ceremony in the HSC Quad.

Students were singled out for their performance in areas including basic science, family medicine, emergency medicine, pharmacology, endocrinology and service to their classmates, the medical community and the entire university community.

Dean Stephen J. Ryan presided over the graduation ceremony, assisted by Joseph P. Van Der Meulen, vice president for health affairs, Clive Taylor, senior associate dean for academic affairs, and Peter Katsufrakis, associate dean of student affairs.

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