MD Class of 2018 Northwestern University Feinberg School of MEDICIne

Honors Day 2018

Feinberg faculty and fourth-year medical students gathered to recognize clinical and academic achievement at the sixth annual Honors Day, held May 18.

Beverly Aiyanyor, ’18 MD, was presented the Neil Stone Award for Professionalism and Compassion in Medicine by Sandra Sanguino, ’93 MD, MPH, ’96 ’99 GME, associate dean for Student Affairs and an associate professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Academic General Pediatrics and Primary Care and of Medical Education.

Twenty-eight members of this year’s class were inducted into the medical honor society, Alpha Omega Alpha. Twelve received Magna Cum Laude in Scientia Experimentali and 16 received Cum Laude in Scientia Experimentali. Thirteen graduates received summa cum laude, four received magna cum laude and nine received cum laude.

Of the graduates who earned joint degrees, 18 completed a PhD in the Medical Scientist Training Program, six received a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, five received a Master’s Degree in Public Health and five received a Master’s Degree in Medical Humanities and Bioethics.

Convocation Ceremony 2018

On May 21, members of the class of 2018, faculty, friends and family members gathered at Navy Pier to celebrate Feinberg’s 159th convocation.

Reflecting on the journey.

“Graduating from medical school is surreal. Though I’ll be the one crossing the stage, I will be carrying all the efforts of my mother, teachers, friends and community with me,” said Cynthia Perez, '18 MD, who was the first in her family to graduate high school and will soon enter a residency in pediatrics at NewYork-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center. “In Mexico, my mother did not have the educational opportunities I had, but made sure I had everything I needed growing up. I’m so thankful for her love and support.”

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.

Caitlin Parrott, ’18 MD, was hooded by her parents during the convocation ceremony.

Encouraging lifelong learning.

David Skorton, ‘74 MD, secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, delivered the convocation address emphasizing the importance of lifelong learning. “Because of the educational foundation you have received here, you will excel. But I also hope that you will every day broaden your horizons, learn new things — and learn them in new ways — and explore the full spectrum of what it means to be human,” Skorton said. “If you do, it will not only make you better at what you do, it will enrich your lives in ways you cannot possibly imagine today.”

Appreciating support and camaraderie.

After degrees were conferred, Varshini Cherukupalli, ’18 MD, delivered a message to her fellow graduating students. “Our mentors and faculty have been there since that first day of orientation, whether it was poring over portfolios or helping us figure out which specialty we would pursue. Our family and friends have been there to support us through the ups and downs of wards, each rotation and through the residency application process. But most importantly, we have been there for each other.”

Congratulations Class of 2018!

Watch the 2018 Convocation Video.

Read the full 2018 Convocation Story.


Photos by Nathan Mandel

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