School of Medicine marks annual commencement week with several activities

1734The Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine will award 64 Doctor of Medicine degrees Friday in the  annual Investiture Ceremony. The event begins at 7 p.m. at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center. Admission is by invitation only.

Interim President Gary G. White will confer the students’ degrees.

This year’s special guest speaker is Robert W. Schrier, M.D., professor emeritus of medicine at the University of Colorado and former longtime chairman of the school’s department of medicine.   Known the world over by researchers and scientists for his research into acute kidney failure and other facets of kidney disease, Schrier has received several honorary doctorates from universities around the world and will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree at the Marshall ceremony.

Graduates of the Class of 2015 include eight students who have maintained perfect 4.0 GPAs during their medical school years. This class features students who have matched into highly competitive residency specialties, like orthopaedics, emergency medicine and radiology, as well as students paired into prestigious primary care programs across the country.

The investiture will be streamed live at The ceremony also includes recognition of graduates from the Biomedical Sciences program and the announcement of the School of Medicine Alumni Association’s Honorary Alumnus for 2015.

Remaining graduation week activities include the following:

  • 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 6, Senior Awards Ceremony, Byrd Clinical Center Auditorium
  • 5:30 p.m., Thursday, May 7, Celebration Cookout for the Class of 2015, Cabell County 4-H Camp and Conference Center
  • 8 a.m., Saturday, May 9, Mission M-Possible 5K Run and Walk, Ritter Park (benefits the annual medical missions trip to Honduras)


Photo: Students participate in the 2014 investiture. This year’s event will take place Friday evening, May 8.