MD Class of 2017 Northwestern University FEINBERG School of Medicine

Honors Day 2017

On Friday, May 19, 2017, Feinberg faculty members and fourth-year medical students were recognized for their achievements at the fifth annual Honors Day ceremony.

Jakita Baldwin, ’17 MD, received the Daniel Hale Williams Diversity and Inclusion Award, in recognition of her work promoting diversity and inclusion at the medical school, and the American Academy of Neurology Medical Student Prize for Excellence, for her exceptional performance during the third-year clerkship.

“I feel so overwhelmed with gratitude. This confirms that other people believed in the dream I had for myself and saw my potential to achieve it and contribute to the neurology field in the future. Receiving these awards has honestly reaffirmed how excited I am to be continuing here for residency," Jakita Baldwin, ’17 MD said.

Twenty-three members of this year’s class were inducted into the medical honor society, Alpha Omega Alpha. Eight received Magna Cum Laude in Scientia Experimentali and 13 received Cum Laude in Scientia Experimentali. Nine graduates received summa cum laude, six received magna cum laude and six received cum laude.

Of the graduates who earned joint degrees, 12 received a Master’s Degree in Public Health, nine completed a PhD in the Medical Scientist Training Program, six received a Master’s Degree in Medical Humanities and Bioethics and three received a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.

Convocation Ceremony 2017

Members of the class of 2017 joined faculty, friends and family members at the 158th convocation ceremony on May 22.

Reflecting on the journey.

“I feel a mixture of gratitude and humility. Looking around the auditorium, I’m surrounded by friends, family and faculty — without their support, I wouldn’t be here celebrating the completion of these degrees,” Timothy Sita, '17 MD, PhD said.

Celebrating tradition.

As the new graduates crossed the stage, they received their doctoral hood and diploma from their college mentor or a family member who is a physician.

“As I reflect on the extraordinary things you have accomplished so far, I am reminded that you are also embarking on a new stage in your life as students of medicine," Eric G. Neilson, MD, vice president for Medical Affairs and Lewis Landsberg Dean said. "This stage is more personal and reflective, where you quickly become your own teacher and set goals for what you will remember and refresh through years of continuing medical education. You are embarking on that joyous journey of life-long learning.”

Erinma Ukoha, ’17 MD, MPH, was hooded by her mother, Catherine Okoronkwo, MD, during the convocation ceremony.

Cherishing friendship and camaraderie.

After degrees were conferred, Kathryn Delaney, ’17 MD, MA, delivered a message to her fellow graduating students. “Since you took an oath and first put on a white coat, I’ve watched you nurture talent, earn privilege and perform duties with strength and grace,” said Delaney, who was nominated by her peers to be the class speaker. “It has been the pleasure and the honor of a lifetime to watch you all become physicians over the last four years. I can’t wait to watch you continue to grow into this new identity in the years to come.”

Lasting Legacy.

Patricia Garcia, MD, MPH, professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Medical Education, crafted a standing desk as a gift to the Class of 2017 to honor their accomplishments, relationship to their college mentors and to pay tribute to two classmates who have passed away. The desk will be housed on campus for future students to use and remember the accomplishments of the Class of 2017.

Congratulations Class of 2017!

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