As the Class of 2021 works to complete final graduation requirements, many on the School of Medicine campus have been collaborating on ways to celebrate their accomplishments. Our plans remain contingent on our community’s COVID-19 status, the guidance of public health officials, and N.C. guidelines. While challenges related to the pandemic may not allow for a traditional Hooding and Commencement, we are excited to honor our students’ achievements in meaningful ways.

The following information pertains to Commencement Celebration activities for the Wake Forest School of Medicine degree programs.  

Doctor of Medicine (MD)

On Saturday, May 15, 2021, at 7:00 pm, the candidates for the degree of Doctor of Medicine participated in a Commencement Celebration at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The ceremony included an address from key leadership, a guest speaker, administration of the professional oath, reading of names to recognize the achievement of each student, and distribution of diplomas to each student.

Watch the MD Program Graduation

Master of Medical Science (PA)

On Sunday, May 16, 2021, at 2:00 pm, the candidates for the degree of Master of Medical Science participated in a Commencement Celebration at Biotech Place. The ceremony included an address from key leadership, reading of graduates’ names to recognize the achievement of each student, administration of the professional oath, and presentation of faculty and student awards, as well as students’ diplomas.

Watch the PA Program Graduation

Biomedical Graduate Programs (MS/PhD)

On Monday, May 17, 2021, at 3:00 pm, the candidates for the degrees of Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy from the Biomedical Graduate Programs participated in a ceremony at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The ceremony included an address from key leadership, and a reading of names to recognize the achievement of each student.

Watch the Graduation

Updates and Questions

Public health conditions and guidance are shifting rapidly, and we may continue to refine plans to celebrate our graduates and protect the health of our community in the weeks ahead. Additional information will be shared with students as it becomes available. Questions about each event can be directed to the following contacts:

MD Program
The Office of Student Affairs
stuserv@wakehealth.edu 
PA Program
Elise Gmuca
egmuca@wakehealth.edu 
Graduate School
Denise Wolfe
dewolfe@wakehealth.edu