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Boston University

School of Medicine



e come here today, a petri dish of emotions.

We’re excited and afraid, proud and uncertain,

hopeful and apprehensive. As we acknowledge

this huge accomplishment, we recognize the

equally vast step we are making into the real world,” said PhD

candidate Liz Moses on Thursday, May 18, at the School of

Medicine’s 170th Commencement.

Boston University School of Medicine conferred 150 medical

degrees, six MD/PhDs, three MD/MPHs, and 46 PhDs. Twenty-

three students earned Latin honors, including 16 cum laude and

five magna cum laude; Samih Nassif Abudinen and Samuel Miller

achieved summa cum laude.

“Over the past four years, I have learned how to observe people,

most notably, my classmates. I believe that these observations have

had a stronger influence on my personal development than any clini-

cal rotation,” said MD class speaker Samuel Miller.

“My classmates constantly remind me that the raw materials for

building a great physician are present in all of us,” he said. “They

teach, support, listen to, impress, and humble me in countless ways,

far beyond what I have listed.”

“You are becoming scientists and physicians at a time of great

change and uncertainty. We have had epidemics of MERs, Ebola,

Zika, and more. Wars and tensions around the world have esca-

lated with a growing numbers of refugees, many of them in our own

patient population. US health outcomes are lower than that for other

developed countries and our health care costs are high. You will

figure it out. We have great confidence in your creativity, resilience,

intellect, and innovation,” Dean Karen Antman told the assembled


In keeping with tradition, the graduating class selected their grad-

uation speaker: Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute

of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).


MD/PhD Commencement:

‘An Unfinished Mosaic of Learning’

Graduating MD student Olufisayo Omotunde (center)

celebrates with her family at a reception following the

School of Medicine’s 170th Commencement exercises.