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 tenth 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 593 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 2021 Commencement Ceremony
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Class of 2021 Commencement Ceremony has moved from Symphony Hall to an outdoor ceremony on our campus. It will be held on Monday, May 10 at 8:00 a.m.
To accommodate the change in venue, while protecting the health and safety of those in attendance, the college will host Commencement in a hybrid format. Graduates and their guests will have the option to participate in person (with a limit of two guests) or virtually. Graduates who prefer to attend virtually will join via zoom and be individually recognized. Faculty and staff are invited to join the live stream on the college’s YouTube channel.
Hooding is an important element of the ceremony, and all graduates will be recognized. Those attending virtually will be spotlighted as they are hooded by a loved one.
The cherished tradition of the procession led by bagpipe and drum corps will also resume! The procession cannot be livestreamed, but we will capture highlights and share them.
- *8:00 – 8:20 a.m.: Procession led by pipe and drum corps around campus.
- This will not be part of the live stream.
- 8:20 – 8:30 a.m.: Students and platform party to be seated.
- 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.: Ceremony, conferral of degrees and dismissal.
*Please note the event will start earlier than usual to avoid the heat.