May 14, 2022
Celebration of Graduation Held in Honor of the Class of 2022
Saturday, May 14, 2022
Contact: Lindsey Derrick, 706-713-2637
The Class of 2022 celebrated their achievements at the Celebration of Graduation at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel on Saturday, May 14, 2022. Forty-one students, along with their friends and family, gathered for this momentous occasion.
The ceremony began with a processional led by Campus Dean Michelle Nuss along with the Medical Partnership faculty. Nuss provided the welcoming remarks to the attendees and served as the host of the event.
“You are the future of medicine,” Nuss told the graduates. “You have spent tireless hours learning the art and science of medicine and faced the challenges of the pandemic that altered the course of your final two years of medical school. But you made it through and are stronger because of it. So, as you begin your career as a physician, I want you to ask yourself this question: ‘What can I do to make a difference in the healthcare system you are about to enter?’ Your answer to this question may be something like this: work hard, earn the trust of your patients, show empathy and compassion in all you do, be humble and deliver high quality and safe patient care.”
Medical Partnership campus director of geriatrics and palliative care, Dr. Don Scott, provided the keynote address at the ceremony. He was selected by the Class of 2022 for this honor.
Scott also presented the Class of 2022 with Dr. Scott Richardson, campus director of the office of educational enrichment.
Interim campus associate dean for student affairs, diversity & inclusion, Dr. Robert McClowry, presented two awards during the ceremony—the Amarachi Anukam Community Service Award was presented to Dr. Leah Topper, and Richardson received the Educator of the Year Award.
The ceremony concluded with the presentation of the class gift from Dr. Sarah Bowman and the Hippocratic Oath led by professor of surgery, Dr. Thomas Howdieshell.
Following graduation, the Medical College of Georgia students attending the Medical Partnership campus will be going to 18 different states in 15 different specialties, with 65 percent staying in the southeastern United States and 45 percent joining primary care programs.