Distinguished Guests- 2018 Commencement

This year, UMass Medical School will award honorary degrees to Huda Y. Zoghbi, MD, a groundbreaking physician-scientist; Marion E. Broome, PhD, RN, FAAN, a nursing leader at Duke University and its health system; and Cyrus S. Poonawalla, PhD, founder, chairman and managing director of the Serum Institute of India, the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer. Dr. Zoghbi will deliver the Commencement address.


According to University policy, candidates for honorary degrees shall be persons of great accomplishment and high ethical standards who exemplify the ideals of the University of Massachusetts. Factors to be considered include:  

  • national or international intellectual, artistic, cultural, or public service distinction in a particular field; 
  • outstanding achievement which the University wishes to acknowledge; and 
  • outstanding contribution to the University and/or the commonwealth.