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School of Medicine virtual commencement taking place Tuesday, March 31, at noon

Conferring MD degrees early will allow 135 graduates to join health care workforce challenged by COVID-19

UMass Medical School Communications

March 30, 2020

The 47th annual commencement of the School of Medicine at UMass Medical School is taking place weeks ahead of schedule, enabling 135 new physicians to enter medical practice immediately to help take on the health care system’s unprecedented COVID-19 challenge. The virtual graduation ceremony will be livestreamed via Zoom and Facebook Live on Tuesday, March 31, at noon.

“Graduating medical students are ready: let’s get them to work,” said Chancellor Michael F. Collins. “While this is voluntary for members of our graduating class, in Massachusetts alone, accelerating the graduation of students at all four medical schools could infuse our health care delivery system with more than 700 new physician caregivers.”

Virtual attendees can join the online event beginning at 11:30 a.m.

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Formal proceedings will begin at noon with introductory remarks from Chancellor Collins, followed by greetings from Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and UMass President Marty Meehan. Dean Terence R. Flotte will make brief remarks and introduce SOM ’20 Class Speaker Andrew El-Hayek, who will deliver his speech via video.

Degrees will be conferred by Collins and the ceremony will conclude with members of the Class of 2020 reading the oath that they have written, led by their Oath Writing Committee.

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