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A Celebration of Faculty - Convocation

Thursday, September 14, 2023

4 p.m. 

Albert Sherman Center Auditorium

UMass Chan Medical School celebrates the beginning of each new academic year by coming together as a campus community to reflect on our shared values and our vocation as caregivers, researchers, teachers, students and community members. Convocation and related events are traditionally scheduled for the third week in September.

Convocation is characterized by a celebration of faculty. Highlights of the ceremony include recognition of newly tenured and recently promoted faculty and announcement of the recipients of the Chancellor's Medals for distinguished teaching, distinguished scholarship, distinguished service and distinguished clinical excellence. These recognitions are part of the Chancellor’s keynote address, which emphasizes the accomplishments of the previous year and the challenges for the coming year.

Check back here the day of the event to access the link to a live webcast.

Chancellor's Medals 2022

Deborah DeMarco, MD, is recognized with the Chancellor’s Medal for Distinguished Service.


Ira Ockene, MD, recognized with Chancellor’s Medal for Distinguished Clinical Excellence


Marian Walhout, PhD,  recognized with Chancellor’s Medal for Distinguished Scholarship


Melissa Fischer, MD, MEd,   is recognized with Chancellor’s Medal for Distinguished Teaching

Mark your calendars!

This year's Convocation/Investiture Ceremony will take place: 

Thursday, September 14, 2023, 4 p.m.
Albert Sherman Center Auditorium