School of Medicine Class of 2020 Holds Virtual Hooding Celebration

A virtual Hooding Ceremony full of special messages for the UNC School of Medicine 2020 graduates took place on Friday, May 8.

Contact: Carleigh Gabryel, 919-864-0580,

 May 13, 2020

CHAPEL HILL, NC – The UNC School of Medicine class of 2020 has had major milestones drastically altered by the COVID-19 pandemic. Through it all they have shown resilience, creativity, and a will to serve their communities. This was recognized during their Hooding Ceremony on May 8, which was held online and featured a number of familiar faces, wishing the students well as they take the next step in their medical careers.

Students were addressed by several well-known guest speakers during the ceremony, including Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Francis Collins, NIH Director, Dr. Zubin Damania, Host of the ZDoggMD Show and Founder of Turntable Health, and Robin Roberts, anchor of ABC’s “Good Morning America.” You can see these speakers and watch additional warm messages to students here.

School of Medicine leaders also gave encouraging speeches to the class of 2020, along with the student government co-presidents Christina Dorismond and Hunter Smith. Cedric Bright, MD, Associate Dean for Admissions at the Brody School of Medicine and a UNC SOM alumnus, gave the keynote address before students took the Oath of Hippocrates. The ceremony ended with a rendition of “Hark the Sound” performed by the MedUNCedoos.

There are 170 members of the 2020 class, and as many speakers during Friday’s ceremony noted, they are the first School of Medicine students to graduate during a pandemic. You can see the creative ways in which they celebrated their achievement here.

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