Celebrate the U-M Medical School Class of 2021!

May 13, 2021  //  FOUND IN: News

On Friday, May 14, the U-M Medical School will stream a special virtual commencement ceremony for graduating students, their families and friends.

The festivities will begin at 3 p.m. on the Michigan Medicine YouTube channel; however, the community can begin celebrating now in the following ways:

  • Visit commencement.medicine.umich.edu. This site allows graduates, families, friends, faculty, staff and learners to post messages of thanks, congratulations and well wishes (see “Add Your Message” button on the page) and follow along over the next two weeks as others post messages.
  • Share messages on your Twitter and public Instagram accounts by using the hashtag #GoBlueMD.

The May 14 online ceremony will feature remarks from the honored speaker, Joneigh S. Khaldun, M.D., MPH, a U-M alumna, chief medical executive for the State of Michigan, and chief deputy director for health in the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services; student speaker Steven Goldenthal, who was selected by his peers to speak for the graduating class; and Gifty Kwakye, M.D., a faculty member chosen by the class as the Senior Award recipient.

In addition, university and medical school leadership will deliver remarks and will guide graduates through many of the traditional segments of the ceremony, including an official reading of each student’s name and recitation of the Hippocratic Oath.

Commencement day will cap a two-week celebration of the Class of 2021, which began with a daily sharing of the Graduation Awards recipients on the medical school’s social media channels, including FacebookTwitter and Instagram, as well as the Medical School website.

The Class of 2021 has demonstrated outstanding leadership, resilience and kindness during the COVID-19 pandemic, a once-in-a-century global event that greatly impacted their final two years of medical school.

So many of graduating seniors have volunteered through the M-Response Corps, created new learning experiences and led other important initiatives to help in any way they can. They did not watch and observe as the world changed; instead, they stood up, engaged and helped the community respond, all while demonstrating why they will be true leaders and change agents in health care.

Please join together in celebrating the graduating Class of 2021 and thanking them for all they have done for Michigan Medicine!