The Class of 2022 experienced some unique challenges, as the pandemic hit during the second year of study for most. Changes to in-person learning experiences – including clinical rotations - required members of this class to be adaptable, flexible and tenacious.
On Saturday, May 7, the 264 students in the Class of 2022 celebrated their graduation from the Colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy and Graduate Studies, including four students who earned dual degrees.
Family and friends gathered at E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall and via Zoom to witness the first commencement ceremony to be held in person since the pandemic began.
Commencement keynote speaker Forrest Faison, III, M.D., vice admiral (retired) Medical Corps, and former surgeon general of the United States Navy, shared some “simple truths and lessons that I have learned along the way.” Among them, he urged graduates to remember that medicine is an art, that families and patients will rely on them in what might be their darkest hours, and that “leadership is a privilege and one that must be earned every day.”
Look for yet more Commencement coverage to come in the Pulse.