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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 13th 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 over 800 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.

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