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Class of 2017

“One of the highlights was the speech by Alessandra Taylor. She spoke briefly about serving as class president – not to call attention to herself but to brag about her classmates. “This has NOTHING to do with me or my accomplishments,” she said. “They elected a first-generation college graduate, immigrant, Latina woman as their class president – because that is who this class is. They are an incredibly diverse group of people who understand the beauty of diversity and the sanctity of looking beyond our own biases.” The commencement speaker was Jonathan Appelbaum, M.D.” (May 20, 2017, 1hr:50m)

Class of 2016

“As you practice your craft, remember to resist the temptation at one extreme to be paralyzed by indecision, or to be tricked by overconfidence at the other extreme,” commencement speaker Ricardo Gonzalez-Rothi told graduates in the Class of 2016. “Let’s face it: On the first day of your internship, the nurses will know soon enough how much you don’t know. You will know how much you don’t know. A curious thing about our profession is that not a day goes by that you will not be humbled by learning something you didn’t know about an illness. Without fail, this has been a weekly occurrence for me for the past 39 years, 4 months and 21 days…” (May 21, 2016, 1hr:47m)

Class of 2015

“There is much uncertainty in health care today,” Class President Aaron Hayson noted in his address, then said the answers wouldn’t come from government, hospitals or drug companies. “They will come from the people on this stage … for we are the future of health care in this country.” Geriatrics Chair Ken Brummel-Smith was the featured speaker. (May 16, 2015, 1h:45m)

Class of 2014

Class President Brett Thomas got a standing ovation for his 10-minute reflection on the past four years. “We ultimately learned that a ‘good pathological case’ always came with a price. Sometimes it was a left-behind elderly spouse or a stroke survivor, once a social butterfly, now unable to speak. Somewhere during our third and fourth years, we began to understand the weight of the responsibility we’d soon be carrying. But if not for these experiences, we wouldn’t have received clarity on our specialty choice, met our match or gained the experience to care for our future patients.” (May 17, 2014, 1h:57m)

Class of 2013

"There have been many ups and downs during this journey," Class President Austin Henkel said during his address, speaking directly to the friends and family in the audience. "There have been celebrations, and there have been disappointments. You have shared in our joys and shared in our sorrows. But through it all the one thing that remained constant was all of you cheering us on. Supporting us. Encouraging us. Being there for us." (May 17, 2013, 1h:42m)

Class of 2012

Class President Brandon Mauldin mentioned in his address that some of his classmates had had another career before medical school. “There are former nurses here, former teachers and even a former chemical engineer,” he noted. “Remember the inspiration that guided you to become a physician.” (May 19, 2012, 2h:1m)

Class of 2011

Speaking for her classmates, President Ashley Lucke recalled, “We experienced joy as we placed brand-new babies in mothers’ arms, ... and the fear of the patient who came to the ER with what he thought was indigestion and is now awaiting a triple-bypass heart surgery.” (May 21, 2011, 1h:53m)

Class of 2010

Anthony Sochet, class president, explained to the relatives and friends in the audience what the students had endured during their various rounds. “On Psychiatry,” he said, “we diagnosed our patients, ourselves and all of you in the room with various mental disorders. Family and Internal Medicine turned us into hypochondriacs. Every cough, headache and change in bowel movement became a self-diagnosed terminal illness.” (May 15, 2010, 1h:52m)

Class of 2009

“My class never fostered competitiveness,” Class President Corinne Brann said during her talk. “We shared notes, emailed article summaries and well-organized charts. We were rewarded at the end of the year with a 100-percent STEP 1 pass rate.” (May 16, 2009, 1h:33m)

Class of 2008

President Tanya Evers  and her classmates heard Senior Associate Dean Alma Littles tell them: “What will make the difference in your success as physicians is what comes from your heart, calling on those qualities instilled in you early in life.” (May 17, 2008, 56m:1s)