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Commencement held Sunday, May 5

On May 5, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (Geisinger Commonwealth) conferred 98 doctor of medicine (MD) and 96 master of biomedical sciences (MBS) degrees upon graduates who compose our Class of 2019. The commencement ceremony was held at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

Members of Geisinger Commonwealth’s male and female A Capella groups sang the National Anthem and Sister Ruth Neely, RSM, MSN, CRNP, of The Wright Center for Community Health Ryan White Clinic, delivered the Invocation.
Greetings were offered by Mr. Robert J. Dietz, PE, Geisinger Commonwealth board chair, and by Jaewon Ryu, MD, JD, Geisinger interim president/CEO. Holly J. Humphrey, MD, served as the keynote speaker. Dr. Humphrey is President at Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation and former dean for medical education and Ralph W. Gerard Professor in Medicine at The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.

Sarah Bashaw Hayek, MD '15, surgical resident at Geisinger, offered greetings from Geisinger Commonwealth’s growing Alumni Society. Rabbi Peg Kershenbaum, Congregation B’nai Harim, delivered the Benediction.

Congratulations to our MD and MBS classes of 2019!


About Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (Geisinger Commonwealth) is a member of the Geisinger family. Geisinger Commonwealth offers a community-based model of medical education with campuses in Atlantic City, Danville, Doylestown, Sayre, Scranton and Wilkes-Barre. Geisinger Commonwealth offers Doctor of Medicine (MD), Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) and Professional Science Master's (PSM) degrees. The school’s innovative curriculum, focused on caring for people in the context of their lives and their community, attracts the next generation of physicians and scientists from within its region, as well as from across the nation. The school also has more than 500 residents and fellows in 31 accredited residency programs and 23 accredited fellowships. Geisinger Commonwealth is committed to non-discrimination in all employment and educational opportunities. For more information, visit, or connect with us on FacebookInstagramLinkedIn and Twitter.


About Geisinger
One of the nation’s most innovative health services organizations, Geisinger serves more than 1.5 million patients in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The system includes 13 hospital campuses, a nearly 600,000-member health plan, two research centers and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. A physician-led organization, with approximately 32,000 employees and more than 1,800 employed physicians, Geisinger leverages an estimated $12.7 billion positive annual impact on the Pennsylvania and New Jersey economies. Repeatedly recognized nationally for integration, quality and service, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to patient care, medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit, or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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