On Saturday, June 15, St. George’s University conferred Doctor of Medicine degrees to nearly 1,000 MD students at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall in New York City. The 2013 class is the largest in University history with graduates from around the world representing 34 countries.
“This ceremony is a symbol of confidence that you are now equipped for the world into which you are entering,” St. George’s University Provost Allen Pensick said in his address. “You must consider the term commencement, which speaks of the beginning of a journey, rather than the end. We have equipped you with the basic skills for you to continue learning, and continue learning we all must, to keep pace with the changing world around us.”
With the graduation of the 2013 class, St. George’s retains the distinction of placing more doctors in US PGY-1 residencies than any other medical school in the world for the third year in a row. Since its inception in 1976, St. George’s University has produced more than 11,000 doctors from 133 countries who have practiced in all 50 states in the US and in over 50 countries around the world.
The University honored Mary Sansone, founder and organizer of the Congress of Italian American Organizations (CIAO), with a Medal of Merit at the ceremony for her years of non-profit work and community service. Along with CIAO, Ms. Sansone founded Community Understanding for Racial and Ethnic Equality, or CURE, an organization geared toward promoting racial harmony and human rights. St. George’s also acknowledged Sister Jeanne O’Laughlin, a member of the St. George’s University Board of Trustees and the president of Barry University (FL) for nearly a quarter century, with an Honorary Doctor of Human Letters.