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 2020 Commencement

  • *Monday, May 11, 3:30 p.m.
    • This year's Commencement will be held virtually. Details will be forthcoming.

*The College of Medicine – Phoenix, along with the university, has been closely monitoring the state of COVID-19. This is an unprecedented and fluid situation. We have and will continue to take proactive steps to prioritize the health and safety of our faculty, staff and students. Thus, we have opted to alter the plans for Commencement. Please stay tuned for updates on this year's event. We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we navigate this situation.

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