Graduates from 36 Countries Receive MD Degree
St. George’s University’s Class of 2014 rejoiced as they were recognized at their commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 14 at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall in New York City. Doctor of Medicine degrees were conferred on over 900 graduates representing 36 countries, joining the over 12,000 MD graduates who have been licensed to practice medicine in all 50 US and in over 50 countries around the world, including Canada, the UK, and Grenada.
St. George’s University also bestowed Medals of Merit on Dr. Rebecca Smith, SGUSOM ’94 and Dr. Elizabeth Louie, SGUSOM ’90 in recognition of their dedication and service to the University community. Both have been actively involved as alumni since their graduation and serve as visiting professors in SGU’s Bioethics Department every term. Dr. Louie has also been instrumental in raising awareness of autism in Grenada, holding the first autism conference which led to the start of an ongoing autism project.
“Even after 12,000 graduates, this never gets old; it only gets more important,” said. Charles R. Modica, Chancellor of St. George’s University. “Congratulations on reaching this memorable milestone. During your time with us, you have persevered and overcome numerous challenges, and in so doing have distinguished yourselves as being worthy of entering the noble profession of medicine.”
During the ceremony, the University honored Dr. Robert Veatch with the Distinguished Service Award for his years of service, having served as a visiting professor at St. George’s for the 25 years. Dr. Veatch is Professor of Medical Ethics and the former Director of the Kennedy Institue of Ethics at Georgetown University. He holds an appointment as Professor of Philosophy and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Georgetown Medical Center.
Families and friends came from near and far to be with their loved ones on this gorgeous day – from New Jersey to Nigeria, from Florida to Japan. Graduates hugged families and one another as they got ready to disperse across the country and the world for the next phase of their dream.