Convocation ceremoniously marks the beginning of the new academic year. Chancellor Michael F. Collins will deliver his annual Convocation address and present the 2017 Chancellor's Medals.
UMass Medical School will ceremoniously mark the beginning of the new academic year with a full slate of events recognizing student and faculty accomplishments throughout the week, including the formal Convocation and Investiture ceremonies on Wednesday, Sept. 13, at 4 p.m. in the Albert Sherman Center auditorium. Chancellor Michael F. Collins will deliver his annual Convocation address and present the 2017 Chancellor’s Medals for excellence in teaching, scholarship, service and clinical excellence.
The Investiture ceremony, immediately following Convocation, will invest nine distinguished faculty members as named professors and honor the donors who endowed them. The following named professors will be invested:
Precious and essential resources for the institution, endowments increase the institution’s ability to attract and retain individuals distinguished in their fields. Named professorships also provide an opportunity for donors to contribute to the enrichment and vitality of the academic and scientific environment.
A reception in the Albert Sherman Center Cube will follow Convocation and Investiture.
The Graduate School of Nursing’s Pinning Ceremony for Graduate Entry Program (GEP) students will take place Monday, Sept. 11, at 6 p.m. in the Faculty Conference Room. Registered nurses after one year of accelerated coursework, these GEP students will receive their registered nurse pins and recite a pledge to serve their communities and their profession. GEP students, who have bachelor’s degrees in fields other than nursing, will then complete further graduate study to become nurse practitioners, nurse educators and nursing executives. A reception in the ASC Cube will follow the ceremony.
On Tuesday, Sept. 12, Johanna Olson-Kennedy, MD, an adolescent medicine physician specializing in the care of gender nonconforming children and transgender youth, will be the keynote speaker for the annual Convocation Welcome Luncheon for the LGBTA community. RSVPs to Fernanda.Gama@umassmed.edu are requested for the luncheon, which will take place in the Faculty Conference Room from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences will host its recognition ceremony for students who have successfully completed the qualifying exam on Thursday, Sept. 14, at 3 p.m. in the ASC auditorium. Passing the qualifying exam is a significant milestone for PhD students, marking their transition from classroom-based learning to dissertation research as formal candidates for doctoral degrees. The ceremony will be followed by a reception in the ASC Cube.
Wrapping up Convocation week activities will be the White Coat Ceremony on Friday, Sept. 15, at 2 p.m., under a tent on the campus green. There in the presence of family, guests and faculty members, first-year School of Medicine students will be welcomed into the medical community by campus leaders, and presented with their first white coats. The keynote speech will be given by Terence R. Flotte, MD, the Celia and Isaac Haidak Professor of Medical Education, executive deputy chancellor, provost and dean of the School of Medicine. A reception will follow on the ASC patio.
All events are open to the UMMS community and will be broadcast live on the medical school’s Facebook page and live streamed on the web. For more information about these events, visit the University Events website. Follow the events on the UMass Medical School Facebook page and on Twitter @UMassMedical.
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