Congratulating the graduating classes of 2015

Spirit and pride filled the air at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry's Convocation ceremonies that took place in May and June. More than 650 students from Medicine, Graduate Studies & Postdoctoral Affairs, Bachelor of Medical Sciences and Dentistry programs walked across the stage, accepted their hoods and moved on to a new chapter of their lives.

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Congratulations to the 361 Bachelor of Medical Science and 11 Neuroscience students who celebrated their graduation on the morning of June 11.

This Convocation marked the first graduating class from the Honors Specialization in Neuroscience, a BSc degree offered by Schulich Medicine & Dentistry. The first Gold Medal for this program was awarded to Mallory Jackman, who is a founding member and co-president of the Western Undergraduate Neuroscience Society (WUNS), an undergraduate student association.

During the afternoon, the prestigious Governor General’s Silver Medal was presented to Brandon Budhram, BMSc’15, at the BMSUE Awards Ceremony. Budhram received one of three Western University-wide Governor General Silver Medals, awarded to students with the highest average of all graduates at Spring Convocation. Budhram also had the privilege of carrying the gonfalon into the convocation ceremony.

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Schulich Dentistry celebrated convocation on the afternoon of June 12. 

The Convocation took place after an awards ceremony and luncheon. During the awards ceremony eight talented students received Awards of Distinction for various achievements, and 17 students received Awards of Merit.

During the afternoon Convocation ceremony, 22 students from the Internationally Trained Dentist program received their hoods and 53 Doctor of Dental Surgery students also received their hoods.

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Family, friends and faculty members gathered at Alumni Hall on the morning of June 11 to celebrate the 100 trainees graduating from Schulich Medicine & Dentistry's Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies programs. Twenty-six trainees received their PhD, four trainees received their Master of Clinical Science, and 70 trainees received their Master of Science as part of Western University's 305th Convocation ceremony.

Western conferred an honorary Doctor of Science, honoris causa (DSc) upon Keith More, a distinguished anatomy researcher, during the ceremony. The 89-year-old delivered his speech through Dr. Douglas Jones, vice dean, Basic Medical Sciences, encouraging the graduates to be humble, confident and hopeful in their futures.

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Alumni Hall was awash in splendour on May 15. Bright banners hung from the ceiling. Potted plants lined the stage. And beautiful string music floated out across a sea of proud family and friends, cameras at the ready.

The stage was set for the 2015 Medicine Convocation, a memorable ceremony for all in attendance.

Dr. Edward Byrne, president and principal of King’s College London, received an honorary degree. He conveyed a collection of professional and personal advice to the graduating students, emphasizing the importance of maintaining balance in their chosen pursuits.

With unique flair and a little help from his friends, Valedictorian Benjamin Davidson addressed the crowd, guitar and Beatles song in-hand. Several of his classmates participated in the sing-along, standing from their places in the audience to recite catchy one-liners about the graduating class.

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