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The class of 2021 was celebrated with a virtual hooding ceremony, honoring students’ accomplishments during an unprecedented time.

UNC School of Medicine’s Class of 2021 celebrated graduation on Friday, May 7 with a virtual ceremony.

The annual hooding ceremony marks the formal conclusion of these students’ experience at the UNC School of Medicine. On March 19, the students celebrated a virtual Match Day, where they learned where they will spend the next several years completing their residency training.

Wesley Burks, MD, Dean of the UNC School of Medicine, and Cristy Page, MD, MPH, Executive Dean of the UNC School of Medicine, offered words of welcome and congratulations. Kenya McNeal-Trice, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education, was invited by the class of 2021 to deliver the commencement address. Julie Byerley, MD, MPH, Interim Dean of UNC Adams School of Dentistry, also spoke on the accomplishments of the class of 2021.

Students were recognized virtually, and with the help of friends and family at home, honored with their hoods. As is tradition, the event closed with a recitation of the Oath of Hippocrates.

Additional recorded messages of encouragement came from Francis Collins, MD, PhD, Director of the National Institutes of Health, and Husain Sattar, MD, Creator of Pathoma, along with several others.

Watch these videos, along with the full hooding ceremony here. Watch UNC-Chapel Hill Commencement Ceremonies, including UNC School of Medicine, here.