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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!


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GCSOM Commencement 2019
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