Welcome, Class of 2014, to the MCW Alumni Family
The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences awarded 279 total degrees during annual commencement exercises on May 16 at the Milwaukee Theatre. Receiving degrees were 188 MD candidates, 47 PhD candidates, 25 MS candidates, 6 MA candidates and 13 Master of Public Health candidates.
For the first time, PhD graduates were hooded during their luncheon prior to commencement. The hooding ceremony for medical school seniors was held the previous day, continuing a tradition that began with the MCW Class of 2012.
The 2014 commencement address was given by Mary-Claire King, PhD, American Cancer Society Professor at the University of Washington in Seattle. Her groundbreaking discovery of the gene BRCA1, which is responsible for inherited predisposition to breast and ovarian cancer, proved for the first time that breast cancer can be inherited, and revolutionized the study of other common human diseases linked to genetics. Dr. King received an honorary doctorate degree from MCW, along with William Petasnick, former Chief Executive Officer and current board member of Froedtert Health, and Tim Size, Executive Director of the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative and founding co-chair of the National Rural Health Foundation.
Medical College of Wisconsin graduates are all smiles as they celebrate their achievement May 16 at the Milwaukee Theatre. Both the medical school and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences held their hooding ceremonies before commencement.
New Graduate School tradition debuts
During commencement, graduates of the Graduate School of Biomedical Science became the inaugural MCW class to take an oath of professional conduct. The oath was written by 2014 graduate Jessica Priestley and members of MCW’s Graduate Student Association.
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