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The 50th Annual Commencement Exercises for the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School will be held on campus on Sunday, June 4, 2023 .

The University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School will celebrate the accomplishments of the Classes of 2023 at its 50th Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, June 5, 2023.

The 2023 Commencement Ceremony will take place on the campus green in front of the Lazare Research Building, with more than 300 students from the T.H. Chan School of Medicine, the Tan Chingfen Graduate School of Nursing and the Morningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences expected to receive degrees.

Katie Couric, award-winning journalist and trailblazing advocate and fundraiser for cancer research and care, will deliver the Commencement address.

Tania Semaan, leader of a global investment firm as well as co-founder and director of the Semaan Foundation, established by her late husband, Maroun Semaan, to provide philanthropic support to the fields of education, health care and social welfare; Luke O’Neill, PhD, chair and professor of biochemistry and immunology at Trinity College Dublin and a leading public health voice in Ireland; and Couric will receive honorary degrees as accomplishments of the Classes of 2023 are celebrated.

Commencement at the UMass Chan Medical School is characterized by traditional ceremonial splendor. The academic procession—one of the oldest university traditions—is led by the faculty recipient of the Chancellor's Medal for Distinguished Service carrying the University mace.

The academic regalia worn by students and faculty originated at universities in the Middle Ages. The lining of the hood represents the university by its colors; maroon and white signify the University of Massachusetts. The border of the hood represents the academic discipline in which the degree is earned: apricot for nursing, blue for philosophy and green for medicine.

Greetings from the University Board of Trustees, the University president and the chancellor open the ceremony. The presentation of honorary degrees to "persons of great accomplishment and high ethical standards who exemplify the ideals of the University of Massachusetts" sets the stage for the Commencement address. The ceremony culminates with the awarding of academic degrees.

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