Commencement marks a student's transition from the classroom to practicing medicine. It is the end of their medical school journey that has taken them four years to complete, and it is the culmination of all they have worked so hard for.
This year marked the eighth class from the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix to take part in the annual ceremony. When the university opened its doors in 2007, Arizona was badly in need of doctors. Since that time, the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix has graduated 435 physicians.
Traditionally Commencement exercises are composed of three essential elements: the academic procession, the conferring of degrees and the Commencement address. Codified in 1895, these elements have been a storied tradition in American medical universities and colleges.
Graduating students at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix hold true to these historical practices. Yet even before entering the procession, partaking in the hooding ceremony and reciting the oath, students engage in a day of celebrations. It all begins with a senior luncheon, where graduates are honored with awards designated by specialty and achievement for humanism and scholarship. It is a day to celebrate all they have done and all they will do.
Class of 2018
- Victor Arce – First Bioscience High Alum Graduates from UA College of Medicine – Phoenix, Fulfilling the Goal of the Downtown Biomedical Campus.
- Alex Geiger – Fourth-Year Student Reflects on Obstacles and Journey to Medical School.
- Tiana Blank – This Year's Student Commencement Speaker Chosen for Her Remarkable Medical Student Qualities.
- Amy Picone – Class of 2018 to Train at the Hospital that Inspired Her Interest in Medicine.
- Video – Class of 2018 Commencement (full ceremony).
- Video – Class of 2018 "We Are Family".
- Class of 2018 Commencement Program (PDF).
- Photo Galleries:
- Feature Story – UA College of Medicine – Phoenix Holds Eighth Graduation.
- Class of 2018 Celebrated at Awards Luncheon.
- Faculty Honored with Teaching Excellence Awards.
- The Arizona Republic – University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix Graduates More Than 80 New Doctors.
- The Arizona Republic – First Bioscience High Alum Graduating from UA College of Medicine (PDF).
- The Arizona Republic – Higher Degrees (PDF).