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Virtual ceremony held June 25

SCRANTON – Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (Geisinger Commonwealth) conferred Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) degrees upon the 45 students of its MBS Class of 2022. Commencement ceremonies were held virtually on Saturday, June 25 beginning at 1 p.m. 

Greetings were offered by Julie Byerley, MD, MPH, Geisinger Commonwealth’s president and dean, and by Jennifer Boardman, PhD, interim associate dean for graduate education and associate professor, microbiology/immunology.

Rachel Silverstein, MD, ’15, MBS, ’11 delivered the keynote speech. Dr. Silverstein is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in pediatrics and sports medicine. During a special ceremony honoring first-generation-to-college graduates, faculty member, Michael Sulzinski, PhD, professor of microbiology and immunology, offered a reflection on the particular challenges these students face.

Sheream Reed, MBS ’18, now a student at Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry, welcomed the new graduates to Geisinger Commonwealth’s growing MBS Alumni Society.

Greg Shanower, PhD, assistant dean of graduate program and curriculum development,  presented the 2022 MBS Student Leadership awards. The recipients were:

Excellence in Leadership Award, presented to Poul Chinga. 
Professional Performance Award, Daniel Lundy.
Service to Class Award, Gabby Verbeke-O’Boyle.
Service to Community award, Kristen Denniston.

About Geisinger College of Health Sciences
Geisinger College of Health Sciences is the research and education arm of the Geisinger family. The college houses Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, Geisinger School of Nursing and Geisinger School of Graduate Education. The college is committed to non-discrimination in all employment and educational opportunities.

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