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).
‘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.