Commencement 2019: New programs will mark first graduating classes

EVMS will celebrate its largest commencement to date May 18 as more than 440 students join the ranks of EVMS alumni and enter into careers in health professions and medicine. The Class of 2019 includes students from two new programs, the Doctor of Philosophy in Reproductive Clinical Science and the Master of Healthcare Delivery Science.

Keynote speaker Steven Wartman, MD, PhD, MACP, will give the official address. Dr. Wartman is recognized internationally for his work involving the organization and management of academic health centers. In 2008, he founded AAHC International™, a global organization dedicated to improving health and well-being worldwide. And in 2016, Dr. Wartman founded the AAHC Thought Leadership Institute to offer in-depth views and analyses of seminal issues transforming 21st-century medicine.

Commencement is the culminating event of several days of graduation-related ceremonies, including the Surgical Assisting and Physician Assistant formal white-coat ceremonies and the Military Commissioning and Recognition Ceremony.

2019 Award and Induction Ceremonies

Students, residents and faculty were honored at several award ceremonies and honor society inductions ahead of commencement.

2019 Military Graduates

EVMS’ Military Commissioning Ceremony was held Thursday, May 16, 2019, aboard the USS Wisconsin. Graduating physician assistant and public health students were honored and medical students were commissioned into service in the United States Armed Forces.

Surgical Assisting Awards and White Coat Ceremony

Surgical Assisting graduates donned long white coats during this Friday, May 17 ceremony which officially signified their transition from trainee to trained medical professional. This year marked 21 years in a row with a 100 percent pass rate on the national certification exam for the entire class. Congratulations, class of 2019!

Physician Assistant Awards and White Coat Ceremony

Students in the Master of Physician Assistant (PA) Class of 2019 traded in their short white coats for the long coats of trained medical professionals at the PA Awards & White Coat Ceremony held Friday, May 17. During the awards portion of the ceremony, students received honors for academic achievements and faculty members were recognized for excellence in teaching. Several students, faculty and alumni also were inducted into the Pi Alpha PA National Honor Society.