Larner College of Medicine Commencement
Class of 2017 Commencement Ceremony
was held on Sunday, May 21, 2017
Ira Allen Chapel ~ 3:00 pm
Congratulations to the Class of 2017
The excitement was built steadily as members of the Larner College of Medicine’s Class of 2017 gathered in Cook Commons to don their caps and gowns and drape their hard-earned medical degree hoods over the crook of their right arms. They were ready to take the final step – receiving their M.D. – to being doctors. Commencement speaker and Class of 1987 alumnus Michael Kaplan, M.D., could relate. He’d been in their shoes 30 years prior, on a day not nearly as pleasant, but memorable nonetheless, regardless of the cold, hail and high winds.
At the start of the ceremony, which took place in UVM's Ira Allen Chapel, Larner College of Medicine Dean Rick Morin, M.D., and Claude Deschamps, M.D., president of the UVM Medical Group, welcomed students, faculty and guests. UVM President Tom Sullivan and Associate Dean for Student Affairs Christa Zehle, M.D., provided remarks. After Kaplan’s speech, Class of 2017 medical student Dylan Devlin delivered the student address and Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education William Jeffries, Ph.D., announced the names of the 113 graduating medical students at the ceremony.
Graduates of the Class of 2017 will begin residency orientation in mid- to late June. Among the most popular specialty matches were primary care - a total of 37 students - and surgery, with 22 students matching to surgical specialties. Link to the Class of 2017 Match List.