2022 UMass Chan Medical School celebrates science at the 49th Graduation Ceremony

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Annual initiations returned to the UMass Chan Medical School campus in Worcester on Sunday, June 5, for the first time in three years in a cheery gathering. The forty-ninth graduation exercise, with classes from Tan Chengfen Graduate School of Nursing, Morningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and TH Chan School of Medicine, was held under a tent on the green campus with faculty, family and friends in attendance.

Counsellor Michael F. Collins ceremony, presented 162 MDs, eight MD/PhDs, three MSs in Clinical Investigations, 40 MDs, one MS in biomedical sciences, and 33 MDs. Nursing practice degrees, eight Doctor of Nursing degrees, four Masters of Science in Nursing, and 11 graduate degrees.

“I am delighted to be the first to officially greet the classes of 2022, who are the first to graduate from Tan Chengfen Graduate School of Nursing, Morningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and T Chan College of Medicine,” Chancellor Collins said, referring to the schools’ name changes after Last year’s transformative gift of $175 million from the Chan family’s Morningside Foundation. Alumni in the classes of 2022 are known for their outstanding academic achievement, as well as for their extraordinary commitment to reaching beyond campus boundaries to work with and help others. We applaud you as you prepare to take your rightful place in our city, Commonwealth, nation and world as Massachusetts’ first and only general medical school alumni.”

Honorary degrees awarded to Paula A. James O’Connell, MD, MTheol, president of the Boston Health Care Program for the Homeless, whose commitment to caring for the homeless has earned him a reputation as the city’s “street doctor”; and Cory Bargmann, PhD, head of science at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, head of the Lulu and Anthony Wang Laboratory for Neural Circuits and Behavior, and Torsten N. Wiesel Professor at Rockefeller University.

Dr. delivered. Bargmann initiation speech.

“Today we realize what I have learned and achieved in the fields of medicine and science through effort, intelligence and skill,” she said. “Celebrate science, collaborate with each other and with your patients, and use your unique expertise and trust to be an agent of truth.”

Speakers in the class were Jennifer DeBendetto, Ph.D.; Daniel Hidalgo, Ph.D.; and Iha Kaul, MD, MPH. The classmates echoed their themes of community, collaboration, and care.

“I think working with a very diverse group and population has been very beneficial for me,” said Eric Sandoval, DNP. “Working with different students along different paths, careers, and mindsets has helped me in my development.”

“UMass is very helpful. The college has been really supportive,” said Dr. Jennifer Onmi Moon. “The most important thing we got was the career development program, where we were introduced to different professions and thinking outside the box about what we wanted to do after graduation.”

“People here really got me carried away,” said Sheikh Moin, MD. “It instilled in me that camaraderie is essential to any amount of success.”

Read Chancellor Collins’ full notes.
Watch the full 49 starting exercises.

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