WCMS Dean’s Dispatch

Dr. Thomas Schwenk Dean of the School of Medicine and VP of Health Science
Dr. Thomas Schwenk Dean of the School of Medicine and VP of Health Science

Every year since the early days of our nearly 50-year history, the coming of spring brings warmer weather, blossoming trees throughout campus and the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Hooding ceremony. This year, our medical school graduation and awarding of doctoral hoods to the class of 2018 took place Friday, May 18.

While Match Day brought the power of the force to students and guests in an out-of-this-world Star-Wars-themed celebration, the Hooding ceremony took a more traditional approach to celebrating the professional and educational accomplishments of our outstanding graduates. UNR Med’s hooding ceremony is always an extraordinary event—serious, professional and elegant as befits the gravity of conferring the Doctor of Medicine degree.

We were excited to return to the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts for this year’s ceremony. Each graduating medical student was donned with a doctoral hood by someone of importance to that student—a spouse, child, parent, grandparent, sibling, influential teacher, or mentor—several were even local practicing physicians. Additionally, it was even more special when the person bestowing the hood was a UNR Med alumnus, demonstrating our deep roots in the community.

The ceremony concluded with the entire graduating class and all physicians in attendance reciting the Physician’s Oath, signifying a lifelong commitment to the medical profession and community service.
Dr. Kim Eagle, a distinguished academic cardiologist at the University of Michigan who completed his first two years of medical education at UNR Med in 1977, delivered the keynote address. We were thrilled to welcome Dr. Eagle back and were inspired by his words of wisdom and advice to our graduates.

Every Hooding ceremony is festive and unique, but this year’s ceremony was particularly special as we kicked-off UNR Med’s year-long 50th anniversary celebration. Holding this year’s hooding ceremony at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts really was a return to our roots; this was the same venue where our first class of four-year graduates received their doctoral hoods back in 1980!
Finally, I would like to take a moment to recognize our graduating students, both undergraduate and graduate, from the Sanford Center for Aging, Speech Pathology and Audiology and the School of Social Work as well as doctoral graduates from microbiology and immunology, pharmacology, and physiology and cell biology who participated in the University of Nevada, Reno Spring 2018 Commencement ceremony on the University Quadrangle Friday, May 18.

Congratulations, Class of 2018!

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